Slide copier for Pentax

John Coyle jcoyle at
Thu Jul 29 04:38:55 EDT 2010

I think, Boris, that what you intended was as in the definitions given in
your quote from the Merriam-Webster dictionary: that is, what you said was
intended to persuade rather than to be a contrary opinion, which is what
normally one gets in an argument in the vernacular sense!  I agree with Doug
that the meaning of the word "argument" has lost some subtlety in common
usage: however in context it can still retain its original meaning of "a
line of reasoning", as in "The second debater's argument was that 'Women
are, in fact, equal to men'".

John in Brisbane

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On 2010-07-28 5:41, Boris Liberman wrote:

> I used "argument" as a synonym to "reasoning"... In no way did I imply
> an argument as in: "a reason given in proof or rebuttal" or in "
> discourse intended to persuade". All quotes of course are from the same
> Merriam Webster page.
> The more English language I know/learn the more increasingly difficult
> it becomes to use it.

That's a perfectly valid use of the word argument, Boris, but many 
Americans would use the word discussion, or maybe something else.  At 
least in the US, the word "argument" has overtones of disagreement, 
though it really shouldn't, based on historical usage.  I'm not sure how 
that fits with usage in the UK.

DougF (KG4LMZ)

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