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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 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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23 Jul 2008, 04:51
A
Assumption is that dictionnary editors are interested in words that are also commonly used

abhijit_sen wrote:
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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23 Jul 2008, 06:12
Ohh, This question is too difficult for me.

I cannot see how A can be an assumption. However, I cannot see which answer could be an assumption.
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23 Jul 2008, 07:28
IMO B

New ideas take hold if they pass into common usage.
Common usage is determined by dictionary editors.

Assumption is that dictionary know exactly when ideas pass into common usage
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23 Jul 2008, 09:12
A) Dictionary editors are not professionally interested in words that are only rarely used.

The best way to tackle assumption question is to negate their arg
ie Dictoray editors are very much interested in words that are rarely used. If this is true, then they will try to add
those words to the dictionary even though these words are not popular .So the newly added word is not a true reflection of the popularty
and the argument falls down. Hene this assumption must be true .
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23 Jul 2008, 10:39
IMO A
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23 Jul 2008, 11:36
abhijit_sen wrote:
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.

I would go with D.

A: Dictionary editors could be interested in both common and rare words and still know if a word has passed into common usage.

B: Exact numbers may not be how common usage is determined.

C: Doesn't mean they won't know if they don't have to include these words.

D: This relates the concept of idea to the word in the first sentence: "One sure way you can tell how quickly a new idea...is taking hold" is to "monitor how fast the word or words...are passing into common usage"

E: Not related to the stimulus at all...
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23 Jul 2008, 12:25
abhijit_sen wrote:
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. -> its not the assumption.its out of scope
(B) Dictionary editors have exact numerical criteria for telling when a word has passed into common usage. ->this is too specific.No mention of numeric data anywhere
(C) For a new idea to take hold, dictionary editors have to include the relevant word or words in their dictionaries. -> irrelevant
(d) As a word passes into common usages, its meaning does not undergo any severe distortions in the process. -> by just judging common usage of a word author judges propagation of ideas. what if words get distorted then argument falls apart. -> this is the assumption that words do not get distorted
(E) Words denoting new ideas tend to be used before the ideas denoted are understood. -> this is not clear as no where author say ideas are understood by others

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23 Jul 2008, 23:51
abhijit_sen wrote:
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.

IMO its B can we have the official ans plz !
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24 Jul 2008, 00:20
abhijit_sen wrote:
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.

IMO A)

If (B) was true then Dictionary editors would not have been "vitally concerned" with question whether words have passed into common usage.
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24 Jul 2008, 00:22
At first I went with D. But when I negate the choices, A makes sense.
I think A is the best ans.
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24 Jul 2008, 00:23
agree with spriya on this.. i will wait for the OA.
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24 Jul 2008, 01:10
I checked the official answer of this question. OA=D
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24 Jul 2008, 06:13
OA is D.
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24 Jul 2008, 07:56
abhijit_sen wrote:
OA is D.

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24 Jul 2008, 12:57
Can somebody please help to expalin what is wrong with choice (A)? If you negate this, then the argument falls apart ...
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25 Jul 2008, 11:34
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Can somebody please help to expalin what is wrong with choice (A)? If you negate this, then the argument falls apart ...

Conclusion:One sure way you can tell how quickly a new idea is taking hold among the population is to monitor how fast the word or words expressing that particular idea are passing into common usage

In simple words - If the words that express the idea are commonly used by people then the idea is getting popular.

Premise: Dicitionary editors have a list of words that show if the word has passed or not passed into the common usage.

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.
>>>Dictionary editors are professionally interested in words that are only rarely used.

So what? This statement doesnot tells us whether the word is on the list? Its doesnot break the argument

(B) Dictionary editors have exact numerical criteria for telling when a word has passed into common usage.
>>>OOS. We sticking to words.

(C) For a new idea to take hold, dictionary editors have to include the relevant word or words in their dictionaries.
>>>For a new idea to take hold, dictionary editors doesnot have to include the relevant word or words in their dictionaries.
Irrelevant becuase the scope is limited to the list of words that indicate common usage not all words in the dictionary

(d) As a word passes into common usages, its meaning does not undergo any severe distortions in the process.
>>> As a word passes into common usages, its meaning undergoes severe distortions in the process.

This statement breaks teh conclusion. If the meaning is lost the idea is no longer what it is supposed to be. Something else is getting popular.

(E) Words denoting new ideas tend to be used before the ideas denoted are understood.
>>>OOS

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