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> From: Andrew Warren [mailto:awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com]
> Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 6:27 PM
> To: McLauchlan, Kevin; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: What's the word for...
> McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
> > Lateral lying does get about 3 million Google hits, but
> side-lying gets
> > more than 12 million, so ... so I'm not sure where that leaves me.
> Perhaps these Google statistics will help:
> "I couldn't care less": 563,000 hits
> "I could care less": 1,370,000 hits
Well then, since "I could care less" is incorrect for (my estimate) 99% of the situations where it is used, I would continue to go with "I couldn't care less".
But since neither of "side lying" or "lateral lying" is wrong, I might as well use the one that more people recognize. Also, since "lateral lying" does not appear to convey more - or more accurate or more precise - information than the shorter, easier-to-say-and-write combo, then that decision is easy.
However, neither addresses the original hope, which was for a single word that conveyed reclining on one's side in the same way that prone and supine convey reclining on one's front or back, respectively. There's probably some old Scottish-ism that eludes me...
You'd think that a language that includes words like "akimbo" would have what I want. I'm almost tempted to revive my old membership at CE-L to see what the word mavens would pull out of their... um... hats. :-)
The audience would be lay readers (pun intended), but I probably wouldn't change the word choice for medical doctors, sleep scientists, etc., unless the longer word conveyed something more useful than stuffiness.
"I could care less."
"I'm sure you could. I, however, could not."
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