Annoying, no matter what the dictionary says

Subject: Annoying, no matter what the dictionary says
From: "nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il" <nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 04:06:40 -0500

I'm annoyed by the use of "multiple" to mean "several."
As far as I'm concerned something multiple is something
that serves or behaves like several similar things. A
pillbox with several compartments, for example, could
be considered a multiple pillbox. To have multiple
pillboxes at home would mean to have pillboxes like
that, not to have several pillboxes of which perhaps
none is multiple.

And a computer that breaks down all the time isn't
problematic. The question of whether to fix
or replace it might be problematic. Something
problematic is something that can't easily be
thought out to the point of yielding a definitive
answer. It's closer to "imponderable" than to

And if your dictionary doesn't agree with me, then
I don't agree with your dictionary.

Mark L. Levinson
Herzliya, Israel
nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il

mail2web - Check your email from the web at .


WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help
format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content
delivery. Try it today!.

Doc-To-Help includes a one-click RoboHelp project converter. It's that easy. Watch the demo at

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to lisa -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.


Previous by Author: RE: why I like the Dummies books - was Boring documentation
Next by Author: RE: Any suggestions for replacing Word
Previous by Thread: TECHWR-L Premium Jobs, Events, and Announcements
Next by Thread: Re: Annoying, no matter what the dictionary says

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads