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One sure way you can tell how quickly a new idea,for [#permalink]
27 Sep 2003, 10:15
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24. One sure way you can tell how quickly a new idea,for example, the idea of "privatization" ,is taking hold among the population is to monitor how fast the word or words expressing that particular idea are passing into common usage. Professional opinions of whether or not words can indeed be said to have passed into common usage are available from dictionary editors, who are vitally concerned with this question.
The method described above for determining how quickly a new idea is taking hold relies on which one of the following assumptions?
(A) Dictionary editors are not professionally interested in words that are only rarely used.
(B) Dictionary editors have exact numerical criteria for telling when a word has passed into common usage.
(C) For a new idea to take hold, dictionary editors have to include the relevant word or words in their dictionaries.
(D) As a word passes into common usages, its meaning does not undergo any severe distortions in the process.
(E) Words denoting new ideas tend to be used before the ideas denoted are understood.
That sounds reasonable, but what if we negate B? Then the process of adding words into dictionaries will not be justified, which means that appearance of a word in a dictionary will not be a true reflection of what's going on.
<how quickly> assumes editors use some numerical data, which if taken by someone as a reference point gives a clear idea of the status of a word. My idea is that the argument must assume several things in order to be valid.
Praetorian, look <how quickly> assumes editors use some numerical data, which if taken by someone as a reference point gives a clear idea of the status of a word. My idea is that the argument must assume several things in order to be valid.
well, negate statement D and you get your answer...
dont go for perfection...you will get in trouble...
i still do not agree with the answer...in my opinion it should be B ,......how fast a word or idea is getting a hold in public depends on its common usage among public....and the way to determine this is dictionary editors who track the progress....so the assumption should be dictionary editors are able to determine when the word or idea is getting a hold...and B says editors have exact numerical data to tell......hence B ...
GOD....its such a nice question.... I first selected A, but after contemplation, I agree that it has to be D...Only D... The Idea is trasfered via words.....If the words gets distorted, the meaning will fail to spread. Brilliant Question
Regards, Invincible... "The way to succeed is to double your error rate." "Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don't know how to quit."