[linux-elitists] MTA roundup
Mon Apr 29 10:39:28 PDT 2002
Quoting Marc MERLIN (email@example.com):
> al?ter?na?tive Pronunciation Key (?l-t?rn-tv, l-)
> 1. The choice between two mutually exclusive possibilities.
> 2. A situation presenting such a choice.
> 3. Either of these possibilities. See Synonyms at choice.
> 2. One of a number of things from which one must be chosen.
> No mention of "X is an alternative to Y" meaning "X came after Y".
> Again, thanks for playing.
Marc, dictionaries are always useful, but sometimes short-change one's
self on words' _connotations_. And Nick has a good point about the spin
applied, often unconsciously, through use of the term "alternative".
In English, the terms tends to be applied as subtle put-down, to connote
something indulged in by peculiar, marginal people.
Choice of words and their connotations can make a huge difference in
public perceptions. (Compare "piracy" versus "unlicensed copying" or
 What a word "denotes" is its strict meaning. In contrast, what it
"connotes" is the implied and associated meanings -- which sometimes
overshadow the denotations.
Cheers, "Reality is not optional."
Rick Moen -- Thomas Sowell
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