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    Post Dictionaries no NOT contain factual information

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    Yes, I'm glad you finally seem to be getting it. Dictionaries do NOT contain factual information. They contain subjective definitions of words that can (and do) change over time.
    Looks like an interesting poll question.

    Dictionaries do NOT contain factual information

    A: True

    B: False

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    Re: Dictionaries no NOT contain factual information

    A.

    Dictionaries do contain facts about language, and they do change over time because language changes over time. Sometimes they define the language and sometimes they reflect the language, it's like a circular dependency.

    (Maybe a mod can help get a poll going)

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    Re: Dictionaries no NOT contain factual information

    well, lets look it up in the dictionary, as we must have a few definitions to play with.


    dic·tion·ar·y
       /ˈdɪkʃəˌnɛri/ Show Spelled[dik-shuh-ner-ee] Show IPA
    –noun,plural-ar·ies.
    1.
    a book containing a selection of the words of a language, usually arranged alphabetically, giving information about their meanings, pronunciations, etymologies, inflected forms, etc., expressed in either the same or another language; lexicon; glossary: a dictionary of English; a Japanese-English dictionary.
    2.
    a book giving information on particular subjects or on a particular class of words, names, or facts, usually arranged alphabetically: a biographical dictionary; a dictionary of mathematics.



    and only in one definition does it mention facts, so therefore we should all nitpick the definition we wish to use to suit our arguments.
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    Re: Dictionaries no NOT contain factual information

    Dictionaries aren't fiction. I think we all learned this in 3rd grade.


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    Cool Re: Dictionaries no NOT contain factual information

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    well, lets look it up in the dictionary, as we must have a few definitions to play with.

    dic·tion·ar·y
       /ˈdɪkʃəˌnɛri/ Show Spelled[dik-shuh-ner-ee] Show IPA
    –noun,plural-ar·ies.
    1. a book containing a selection of the words of a language, usually arranged alphabetically, giving information about their meanings, pronunciations, etymologies, inflected forms, etc., expressed in either the same or another language; lexicon; glossary: a dictionary of English; a Japanese-English dictionary.
    2. a book giving information on particular subjects or on a particular class of words, names, or facts, usually arranged alphabetically: a biographical dictionary; a dictionary of mathematics.

    and only in one definition does it mention facts, so therefore we should all nitpick the definition we wish to use to suit our arguments.
    The claim was that a dictionary contains NO facts at all.

    That's kind of an absolute.

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    Re: Dictionaries no NOT contain factual information

    Dictionaries define things. Those definitions are factual.

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    Re: Dictionaries no NOT contain factual information

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuz Life View Post
    The claim was that a dictionary contains NO facts at all.

    That's kind of an absolute.
    Then why do you make any sort of statement if there is no factual definition for any word?

    Language would be absolutely tragic if your way of thinking way true and there was no fact with the words in the dictionary, which is just jotting down common language.
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    Re: Dictionaries no NOT contain factual information

    Dictionaries are liberally biased.

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    Re: Dictionaries no NOT contain factual information

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    Dictionaries are liberally biased.

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    Re: Dictionaries no NOT contain factual information

    Sun -noun
    1.
    (often initial capital letter) the star that is the central body of the solar system, around which the planets revolve and from which they receive light and heat: its mean distance from the earth is about 93 million miles (150 million km), its diameter about 864,000 miles (1.4 million km), and its mass about 330,000 times that of the earth; its period of surface rotation is about 26 days at its equator but longer at higher latitudes.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sun

    Clearly the above is factual information, hence we have an example of a dictionary that contains factual information.

    Answering otherwise is going against facts.
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