Originally posted by: nicksmithphoto
1) Refer to The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary where there are definitions of revolution and revolutionary as terms to describe rotation.
4) ....I know that liberal and modern dictionaries allow octopi and the equally disgusting octopuses,
quite, I suspect such works of the lingua franca accepting devils "modern liberal" dictionary might also include such bastardised terms as revolutionary, with it's definition having something to do with things that turn... Yeah, Right!, Oh, maybe not...
I'm confused now... what dictionary are we looking at now? which should we avoid? it seems that your argument appears to be that we should avoid ambiguous words, or poorly formed words relying on original words from dictionaries, not all dictionaries, just your dictionary, which is a modern liberal dictionary, just not as new modern or liberal as others dictionaries.
OED lists octopuses, octopi and octopodes (in that order 2008 draft)
I guess, the big question is... what version of the OED are you using, and are you happy for the English language never to evolve any more past this dictionary
My real bugbear is "Going Forward";
my manager says that also, except he adds annoying emphasis to the o of forward. I've often felt like stopping him mid-sentence and asking him to repeat the word until he can say it right... I sometimes like to go backwards though, it's often the only way to correct the fatal mistakes that were made to prompt a speech including the phrase going forward!