Re: You may

Subject: Re: You may
From: Brian Bennett <bb18+ -at- ANDREW -dot- CMU -dot- EDU>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 1994 17:15:47 -0400

That's interesting. I've always had the opposite problem; when I read
INvalid I think inVALid (til I consider the context, of course). A college
friend of mine, a statistician who works in an outpatient mental hospital,
once said to me, "We really don't treat inVALids there; just outpatients."

>Bonni Graham writes, wrt to invalid:
>>spots at the grocery store. But in reality, according to two different
>>thesauri, inVALid is the correct antonym for valid. I guess this proves
>>that there's a lot to be said for emphasizing syllables.

>"Not valid" is also acceptable, and unambiguous. I remember getting a list
>once of words to avoid (purportedly to ease translation), and "invalid"
>was featured prominently. Whether any decent translator would ever really
>make that mistake, given the context, is a different question....

>It certainly does give some people pause, however, and in this case that's
>enough for me to choose the first alternate: not valid.

>Have a good weekend all,

>Michael Priestley
>mpriestley -at- vnet -dot- ibm -dot- com
>Disclaimer: all claims not valid

Brian S. R. Bennett
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