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Meanings: Automation

January 21, 2014 XKCD hits the nail on the head (is that a metaphor slated to die soon?) about “automation” this week: It made me wonder how long we have been using the term “automation” — how long we have … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Public”

May 8, 2013 “Public” means of “of or pertaining to the people,” and its etymology is straightforward from a Latin term meaning the same thing. From etymology.com: public (adj.) mid-15c., “pertaining to the people,” from Old French public (c.1300), from … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Entitlement”

October 7, 2012 On Language Log, Mark Liberman has a terrific post about how uses of the word “entitlement” have shifted from being predominantly positive to predominantly negative. He says, “The earliest cluster of uses of entitlement meaning ‘(rightful) claim’ … Continue reading

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IT Message of the Day

September 19, 2012 Not making this up, as Dave Barry, would say, especially on Talk Like a Pirate Day: Arrrrrr!  And, you have a good day, too, matey.  I wish I could sometimes detect myself as a virus.  That would … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Dirt” vs. “Soil”

September 19, 2012 At a land trust meeting last night, I noticed some people were taking care in the use of the words “dirt” and “soil.” I would have used them interchangeably, but they clearly were not.  CountryMax explains: A … Continue reading

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