Reputation
1,526
Top tag
Next privilege 2,000 Rep.
Edit questions and answers
Badges
1 12 32
Impact
~128k people reached

  • 0 posts edited
  • 0 helpful flags
  • 85 votes cast
Aug
8
revised If I help “evacuate” a building, what am I doing to the people?
I've added some more specifics.
Aug
8
asked If I help “evacuate” a building, what am I doing to the people?
Jun
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
14
comment How does a word come to have two completely opposite meanings?
Language log seem to be suggesting that at least as far back as Aristotle it was a term for a kind of circular reasoning
Jun
14
comment How does a word come to have two completely opposite meanings?
@Unreason language is conventional sure. That doesn't mean people can't be ignorant of the proper conventions. And the conventions change over time, sure. But that doesn't mean that words don't have "correct" meanings.
Jun
14
comment How does a word come to have two completely opposite meanings?
"begs the question" originally meant "presupposes an answer to the question" rather than "ignores the question", right?
Jun
14
comment How does a word come to have two completely opposite meanings?
That seems such an incredible coincidence, though, doesn't it? That two words with completely distinct (actually opposite) meanings, and distinct pronounciations should converge over time.
Jun
14
comment How does a word come to have two completely opposite meanings?
I like the ignorance explanation, like the use of "literally" to mean (effectively) "figuratively" as in Unreason's answer...
Jun
14
asked How does a word come to have two completely opposite meanings?
May
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
16
comment Descriptivism and widespread misspelling
@jgbelacqua Straw person? Really? That's how far politcal correctness has gone?
Mar
10
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
10
awarded  Cleanup
Mar
10
revised Whose usage determines correctness?
rolled back to a previous revision
Mar
10
comment How/From where did the term “paradigm shift” originate?
@aristoex could you update your answer to add a caveat about the fact that the early century ripple is probably a bug in ngram?
Mar
10
comment How/From where did the term “paradigm shift” originate?
@kiamlaluno You really want that reputation back that much? That seems a little petty... Given the other answers to this question, I don't think your answer is really adding anything. If you want your rep back you can delete your answer.
Mar
10
comment How/From where did the term “paradigm shift” originate?
@kiamlaluno I don't. Because it looks like in this instance they are wrong. And therefore I think your answer is wrong.
Mar
10
comment How/From where did the term “paradigm shift” originate?
@kiamlaluno why would you report something you don't believe to be true? "some source I don't trust said X" is not a good answer to a question.
Mar
9
comment How/From where did the term “paradigm shift” originate?
@kiamlaluno The OED I looked at rightly points at Kuhn (1962) as the origin. What do you think origin means? It certainly doesn't mean "the point at which something became widely used". As I said before, I believe it is typical for dictionaries to try and find the first documented use of a word. This fits with my understanding of what "origin" means.
Mar
9
comment How/From where did the term “paradigm shift” originate?
@kiamlaluno As someone who has studied philosophy of science I know that Kuhn uses "paradigm shift" in Structure of Scientific Revolutions so I know the phrases dates back to at least 1962. I'm not basing my knowledge on what the OED says: I'm basing it on weeks spent reading Kuhn and about Kuhn. Corroboration from google books