RE: cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectioned andcross sectioning

Subject: RE: cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectioned andcross sectioning
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Robert Lauriston" <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 12:16:30 -0700

Robert Lauriston wrote:

> When my instincts and 1970s-vintage dictionaries say one thing and an
> online dictionary says another, I sometimes use Google to see who's
> using it in what context.

You seem to have a low opinion of "online dictionaries." Maybe there are
some dubious and disreputable ones out there, but this is
Merriam-Webster. You'll find the same words and definitions at m-w.com
that you'll find down at your local Barnes & Noble leafing through the
11th edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

There have been a few changes since the 70s, though. :-o

> Google is authoritative as to actual usage by all kinds of writers,
> though Google Books and Google Scholar often give different results
> than basic Google Web search.

Google is authoritative as to usage by writers who post on the internet.
I'm not sure that group is either reputable or representative of the
broader population. :-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
303-223-5111
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303-777-0436
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Follow-Ups:

References:
An Engineer's Christmas: From: Ken Poshedly
cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectioned and cross sectioning: From: Deborah Hemstreet
Re: cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectioned and cross sectioning: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectioned andcross sectioning: From: Combs, Richard
Re: cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectioned andcross sectioning: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectioned andcross sectioning: From: Combs, Richard
Re: cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectioned andcross sectioning: From: Robert Lauriston

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