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comment Decadence of the word decadence
I can understand the change of meaning from dilettante since it changed in a time when all terms referring to amateurism were getting a bad connotation, since by then art, specially in Italy, was become more and more of a profession. But the marketing use of decadent began before the word was more widely used elsewhere in the language, as far as i can tell.
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comment Decadence of the word decadence
decadent on that example is within it's intended meaning as far as I can tell.
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comment Decadence of the word decadence
interesting! the only dict i had that showed that use was a pocket one, hence no "humorous" call out. So, no dictionary explicitly endorses the food-advert use of decadence? I know they have to keep up with a live language changing, but I'm trying to grasp the changes in "decadence" to understand what does it take for a word used to wrong to be accepted as right. e.g. how long before dictionaries start to list 'literately' as 'figuratively' just because people misuse them too often?
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comment Why is “margarine” pronounced with a soft “g”?
isn't that exactly what I said?
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comment Etymology of “ping”
As a non-native English speaker who works with a California hightech cia, i was shocked to learn that "i will ping you" means to send an instant message (im). And in my job i pretty much use ping daily.
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comment Why is “margarine” pronounced with a soft “g”?
this only hints that it was pronounced correct for some time and the current form was noted as mispronunciation... Or i got it all wrong. Anyway, the current pronunciation is extremely painful to anyone that sees the written word wout being exposed to the pronunciation first...
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comment Cottage Cheese: So called to differentiate from “expensive” cheese?
wouldn't most cheese names be in use before the industrial revolution?
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answered How do you quote a passage that has used '[sic]' mistakenly?