RE: Display, Displays, or Appears

Subject: RE: Display, Displays, or Appears
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- Users -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:21:48 -0400

On Behalf Of Downing, David noted:
> From: "Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>
> I wonder if anyone has done empirical research on how "The Average
> (TM)" understands "appears" as used in a user's guide. I probably love
> theory more than most, but it appears to me that only empirical data
> put this issues to rest.
> Leonard
> -----
> Yes, I'd like to know if anybody else has that feeling that the word
> "appears" suggests some sort of magical, supernatural occurrence.

You appear to be fixated on this one aspect of a venerable and respected
word. You should get out more. Attend live entertainment that does not
include magic acts. Read fiction that makes no mention of magic. You
will nevertheless encounter the word "appears" with no magical
connotation. Stop... just stop... going to Harry Potter movies.

Naturally the "you" in the above paragraph is the "generic you" and
casts no aspersions on the magical thinking of any particular person...
or, so it appears to me... from this angle... and in this light...
yes... this light that has a magical quality to it, don't you think?
T'were a magical seeming, and bound to cause consternation among the fey
folk of the dell. Er... where were we?



The character of Gregory appears seven times in six scenes.
This young fellow appears to have lost his way.
Credibility appears to have been misplaced in this instance.
Reference to "charm" as a characteristic of quarks appears throughout
the text.
He put in an appearance on the Tonight Show, but there was nothing
magical about it.


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