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# One sure way you can tell how quickly a new idea,for

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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.
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[#permalink]  28 Sep 2003, 06:24
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B is temptive, but its negation does not destroy the argument, so I vote for A.
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[#permalink]  28 Sep 2003, 08:41
stolyar wrote:
B is temptive, but its negation does not destroy the argument, so I vote for A.

Stolyar

It is very important for us to read the question properly

The relevant portion of the argument is the first three lines.

A is out of scope..isnt it.

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[#permalink]  28 Sep 2003, 10:30
Stolyar, C is rather an inference than assumption. I still believe its B.
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[#permalink]  28 Sep 2003, 10:34
vaka wrote:
Stolyar, C is rather an inference than assumption. I still believe its B.

vaka,

Dictionary editors are nowhere near what the question is asking.
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[#permalink]  28 Sep 2003, 10:39
Is it C indeed?
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[#permalink]  28 Sep 2003, 10:44
let's negate C: For a new idea to take hold, dictionary editors DO NOT HAVE to include the relevant word or words in their dictionaries.

But dictionary editors are vitally concerned with the question. With some share of doubt, the above destroys the argument.
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[#permalink]  28 Sep 2003, 11:06
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.
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[#permalink]  28 Sep 2003, 11:20
stolyar wrote:
let's negate C: For a new idea to take hold, dictionary editors DO NOT HAVE to include the relevant word or words in their dictionaries.

But dictionary editors are vitally concerned with the question. With some share of doubt, the above destroys the argument.

what QUESTION? is it a question about the method...NO..its about whether the words said or expressed indeed passed into common usage...
Editors only provide opinions about the method.

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The method described above for determining how quickly a new idea is taking hold relies on which one of the following assumptions?

thats the question...

we have to assume that the words or ideas remained intact as they were passed along into common usage...otherwise..the original idea does not remain intact and the argument does not hold.

D is the Answer
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[#permalink]  28 Sep 2003, 11:54
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.
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[#permalink]  28 Sep 2003, 12:03
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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...

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[#permalink]  28 Sep 2003, 12:11
Thank you, Praetorian!
I have to go now, it's too late here. Remember, I sent u an e-mail asking which LSAT book I should buy?
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[#permalink]  28 Sep 2003, 20:14
very good question. Such question definitely make you read argument and question carefully in order to know whats being asked.
U get what u ask(question)..
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Re: CR : Privatization , #2 - 24 [#permalink]  18 Aug 2010, 12:09
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 ...

what do u guys say????
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Re: CR : Privatization , #2 - 24 [#permalink]  18 Aug 2010, 21:28
This looks like a quick D. D forestalls the manning change which is essential to the argument.
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Re: CR : Privatization , #2 - 24 [#permalink]  22 Aug 2010, 19:41
I picked B ,,,but after spending about ten minutes ....I understand why it is D ...

B is incorrect as this is already stated in the passage the lkey words in this question are:

monitor how fast the word or words expressing that particular idea
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Re: CR : Privatization , #2 - 24 [#permalink]  22 Aug 2010, 21:31
IMO B
D says "As a word passes into common usages, its meaning does not undergo any severe distortions in the process."

if that would be the case why would dictionary editors be concerned with such words? so how can this be an assumption?
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Re: CR : Privatization , #2 - 24 [#permalink]  23 Aug 2010, 04:31
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
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Re: CR : Privatization , #2 - 24 [#permalink]  06 Sep 2010, 01:34
Its a clear D
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Re: CR : Privatization , #2 - 24 [#permalink]  06 Sep 2010, 04:08
Nice one!!! Thank you
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