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Do you actually have a copy of The Macquarie Dictionary? Can you cite some examples of
"macquarie has any word yelled three times in their hearing." that have gotten you so upset?




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yaputya wrote:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_English_Dictionary


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Yeah? Something in there you want to quote or what?



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On 4/10/2013 6:28 PM, Bob Milutinovic wrote:

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The role of a lexicographer is to describe a language as it is used. It  
is not their function to seek to tell a population how they should use  
their language.

Sylvia.



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Woe betide us then; within a decade they'll have "SMS speak" entered as  
legitimate words, given its propensity of use :-/

--  
Bob Milutinovic
Cognicom


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Oxford English Dictionary Adds Selfie, Derp, FOMO And More Words We Use Online
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/new-words-dictionary_n_3829770.html



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On 5/10/2013 6:47 AM, Bob Milutinovic wrote:
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Such is the process by which languages evolve. The mechanisms for  
evolution seem to include stupidity, ignorance, laziness, emulation of a  
desire status (copying the way the yanks speak), etc., ad nauseam.  
Indeed, about the only mechanism conspicuous by its absence is any kind  
of considered deliberate modification.

Despite all that, languages do not decay into uselessness because a  
process of darwinian selection prevents it - any change that tends to  
make the language less useful gets dropped exactly because it doesn't  
get used.

Of course, little of the change seems to serve any useful purpose, and  
people have been frustrated by it for centuries. No doubt they will  
continue to be in the future. One thing is for certain, though; it's not  
going to stop.

Sylvia.


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On 5/10/2013 4:47 AM, Bob Milutinovic wrote:
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DILLIGAF LOL ROFLMAO        ;)

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Resorting to insults just shows your ignorance of the subject. Perhaps you are
confusing the spelling with the pronunciation?
It is a fact that "rooves" is hardly used these days, it is not even mentioned in
most dictionaries - British or American. The current online Oxford British and
World English dictionary gives the plural as 'roofs' in the heading, and remarks
that 'rooves' is not the usual spelling.
 http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/roof?q=roof
"The most usual plural of roof is roofs, although rooves is sometimes used."
The Cambridge British English dictionary does not mention "rooves".
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/spellcheck/british/?q=rooves
"We do not have an entry for rooves. Have a look at how it is spelled. Did you type it correctly?"

More to the point, the British National Corpus returns 653 hits for "roofs" and only 5 for "rooves".
"The British National Corpus (BNC) is a 100 million word collection of samples of written and spoken language from a wide range of
sources, designed to represent a wide cross-section of current British English, both spoken and written."
http://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/index.xml

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You don't seem to understand how English dictionaries are compiled.
BTW Samuel Johnson described the "rooves" spelling as obsolete in 1755!
 http://archive.org/stream/dictionaryofeng02john#page/n495/mode/2up

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As well may be the case... but 'roofs' just looks wrong to me :)

Re: Electricity meter checking, NSW
On Wed, 02 Oct 2013 08:23:26 +1000, Trevor Wilson

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Hope you find a viable solution.

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