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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] New post 17 Mar 2004, 07:47
C for me
If new ideas do not have to take hold in dictionaries, then the claim that dictionaries are good reference as to whether the new idea took hold will be invalid. So C must be an assumption
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2004, 08:52
I think D might also be an assumption.....If the meanings do not undergo any distortion....then the words will be the same right...justa guess....1.5 mins...
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Re: [#4] CR Challenge : Idea [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2004, 19:15
praetorian123 wrote:
1. Time yourself
2. Solve this the way you would on your actual gmat.
3. Explain your solution, and your time please

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.


Again, use the negation test.

Also, In CR Q's, Keep a very close watch and clearly understand the question being asked?

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 thus best.

For the sake of discussion, Negate C and E , and tell me what it does to the argument.
Re: [#4] CR Challenge : Idea   [#permalink] 17 Mar 2004, 19:15
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