Re: Display, Displays, or Appears

Subject: Re: Display, Displays, or Appears
From: Michael West <WestM -at- conwag -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 13:01:02 +1000

> You're right -- there's no reason the word SHOULD imply a supernatural
> occurrence, but I think there is a logical reason for the connotation.

You need to broaden your reading. Ignorance may be a logical reason, but
it isn't a good reason. This is like saying that because the word "eat" is
sometimes used in contexts involving a Big Bad Wolf, we shouldn't use it
to describe what we do to a cheese sandwich.

> It's because of the way the word "appear" is often used in stories that
> involve magic or the supernatural.

The word "appear" is used far more often in contexts that DO NOT involve
magic or the supernatural.

Don't take my word for it. Go to and search for the word
"appear." You can search fiction, non-fiction, reference -- whatever it

Mike West
Melbourne, Australia

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