cwconrad wrote:I'm disturbed by the tone that this thread has taken most recently: peevishness, subversive irony, pseudo-theological subterfuge -- assorted snide ways of putting on a show of civility in a discussion that is not really civil. Not least disturbing is the threat to require adherence to "terms that are standard." Does this imply a standard glossary of linguistic terms or some prerequisite coursework in linguistics for admission to the forum? While the expectation that we should all use words and phrases that communicate precisely what we want to say is doubtless wholly reasonable, there's a hint here at an esoteric technical language to be spoken by an inner circle of initiates.
No, I'm not asking people to adopt a bunch of jargon, but I do think that it is reasonable to ask to use terminology in a conversation with meanings that are well-accepted instead of idiosyncratic meanings that only the poster knows. In no way am I asking for perfect English, even if that's attainable, just an awareness that the use of language is a social activity and there are other people involved, who cannot read our minds.