Re: "Which" is best?

Subject: Re: "Which" is best?
From: BlaineBachman -at- bia -dot- gov
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 14:37:55 -0600

Let's dig deeper...

Define the concept "eligible for disability."

Without meaning to be rude, let me suggest that the sentence is flawed on a
more basic level, namely, "disability" is a noun that describes a state of
being disabled (certainly not something for which a person could be or
would want to be eligible).

I understand that we English speakers have stood by while all sorts of
semantic shorthand has invaded the lexicon. As a card-carrying member of
that group (N.A. dialects anyway), I also understand that in this example
we must be talking about "Disability Status" or "Disability Payment" or
somesuch; but as long as you're wordsmithing, why not strike a blow for
better expression?


For the egoist has so far the advantage over every other species of
devotee, that his idol is ever present. --Catherine Gore

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