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dclary
10-23-2006, 04:54 AM
piv·ot·al (pĭv'ə-tl) http://content.answers.com/main/content/img/pron.gif
adj.

Of, relating to, or serving as a pivot (http://www.answers.com/topic/pivot).
Being of vital or central importance; crucial: “Its pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic invasions” (Henry A. Kissinger).
I guarantee you that in the following title, the AP does NOT mean meaning #1, and unfortunately for them, meaning #2 doesn't work either.



http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061022/D8KTCI080.html


"Democrats Leading Many Pivotal Races"


I'm sorry, guys. I *know* how badly you want to convince everyone that the Democrats are going to charge into the majority this time, but you still gotta use words the way they were designed. You can't have "many pivotal races". You can have A pivotal race. That's what central means. And if they're ALL vital, then what you're really saying is that none of them are vital. Or at least, none of them are any more vital than another. Or are they only vital because these are the ones you hope they can win?

This is a classic example of subtextual bias in today's mainstream media.

Thank you.

Opty
10-23-2006, 05:07 AM
I found the answer to your question here (http://users2.ev1.net/~austom1/worst_thread_ever.jpg).

Alan Yee
10-23-2006, 05:12 AM
I found the answer to your question here (http://users2.ev1.net/~austom1/worst_thread_ever.jpg).

Ouch. Dave got told.

Rolling Thunder
10-23-2006, 05:26 AM
**in my best Beavis voice**

heh heh heh...he said subtextual.......

Unique
10-23-2006, 05:36 AM
This is a classic example of subtextual bias in today's mainstream media.

Thank you.

Maybe. I blame it on the piss poor public schools. Colleges can't correct in 4 what should have been learned in the previous 12.

YMMV

wordmonkey
10-23-2006, 05:42 AM
I found the answer to your question here (http://users2.ev1.net/~austom1/worst_thread_ever.jpg).

Class.

Opty
10-23-2006, 06:32 AM
Class.

Dave knows I'm just kidding with him.

ColoradoGuy
10-23-2006, 06:43 AM
So your point is that AP doesn't know what words mean and that this fact shows evidence of liberal bias in the mainstream media? That's endearingly silly in a right-wingy, paranoid sort of non-subtextual way.

Opty
10-23-2006, 07:12 AM
endearingly silly in a right-wingy, paranoid sort of non-subtextual way.

That was originally gonna be Dave's avatar "title," but it wouldn't fit so he just went with "Archneocon."

;)


If anything, Dave, that should be your new sig line.

cree
10-23-2006, 07:16 AM
That's endearingly silly in a right-wingy, paranoid sort of non-subtextual way.

Will you write me a blurb for my book jacket? Using most of the same words?
:)

dclary
10-23-2006, 12:03 PM
Cree on Dclary:
That's endearingly silly in a right-wingy, paranoid sort of non-subtextual wayawesome.

(paraphrased)

wordmonkey
10-23-2006, 04:27 PM
Dave knows I'm just kidding with him.

Still way funny, dude.

badducky
10-23-2006, 05:36 PM
Typical of the archneocon, local politics are not going to pivotal. Only the emperor-in-chief's chair is pivotal.

Yet, I suspect local elections are pivotal, because senatorial and speaker seats crossing the aisles are certainly pivotal questions for the each local constituency.

Sorry, dclary, but changes in the wind can occur at many levels, and each level is pivotal to the people beneath.

Joe Unidos
10-23-2006, 09:06 PM
Deek--
Your post, like your poor elastic waistband, is a huuuuuuuuuuuuuge stretch.

:D

dclary
10-23-2006, 09:26 PM
Deek--
Your post, like your poor elastic waistband, is a huuuuuuuuuuuuuge stretch.

:D


I'll have you know I only use the FINEST quality elastic.

wordmonkey
10-23-2006, 10:21 PM
OK, given the stated purpose of this thread, can someone who lists their location as:

"On a hill overlooking a mountain of magic."
really be a watch-dog of our language?

Mountains are bigger than hills.

If the hill overlooks the mountain, either the hill is a mountain or the mountain is a hill. Any which way, it's not what proper English should be writed like.

dclary
10-23-2006, 10:37 PM
OK, given the stated purpose of this thread, can someone who lists their location as:


"On a hill overlooking a mountain of magic."
really be a watch-dog of our language?

Mountains are bigger than hills.

If the hill overlooks the mountain, either the hill is a mountain or the mountain is a hill. Any which way, it's not what proper English should be writed like.

I live on a hillside with a view of Magic Mountain, a local amusement park. There is nothing either grammatically or factually wrong with my location.

Scribhneoir
10-23-2006, 10:38 PM
OK, given the stated purpose of this thread, can someone who lists their location as:


"On a hill overlooking a mountain of magic."
really be a watch-dog of our language?



Good point. But I always figured it meant he lived in Santa Clarita.

dclary
10-23-2006, 10:40 PM
See, monkey? Folks who know, understand.

wordmonkey
10-23-2006, 10:45 PM
Magic Mountain or Mountain of Magic.

Which is it, sir? Which is it? I demand accuracy in little bits of fluff under screen names on forums!

Or is this simply another example of the neocon magic-based initiatives?

dclary
10-23-2006, 11:09 PM
"What do you think about my report?"

"You know that phrase that with an infinite amount of time, an infinite number of monkeys could repeat the works of shakespeare?"

"Yeah?"

"Six monkeys, three months."

dclary
10-23-2006, 11:10 PM
Magic Mountain or Mountain of Magic.

Which is it, sir? Which is it? I demand accuracy in little bits of fluff under screen names on forums!

Or is this simply another example of the neocon magic-based initiatives?

Well, better not read my full profile then!

blacbird
10-23-2006, 11:31 PM
Well, better not read my full profile then!

So far I've resisted the temptation.

caw.

wordmonkey
10-24-2006, 02:28 AM
"What do you think about my report?"

"You know that phrase that with an infinite amount of time, an infinite number of monkeys could repeat the works of shakespeare?"

"Yeah?"

"Six monkeys, three months."

Well yeah, if you wanna out-source to foreign monkeys that "might" be doable. But I'm committed to an infinite number of good ol' US monkeys.

dclary
10-24-2006, 02:40 AM
Harumph. And I bet they're UNION monkeys, to boot!

whistlelock
10-24-2006, 02:43 AM
They better be Union monkey's.

wordmonkey
10-24-2006, 03:35 AM
Better believe they are Union Monkeys.

'Course, I can't help regretting this a little. The Shop Steward always falls back on his standard negotiating tool of throwing his own poop at the bars.

But what ya gonna do? Peanuts is all I got to pay them with!

blacbird
10-24-2006, 06:13 AM
Simians of the world, unite!

caw

Kasey Mackenzie
10-24-2006, 07:57 PM
Mmm, Samoans.

Oh wait, I hate Girl Scout Cookies.

Liam Jackson
10-24-2006, 09:14 PM
Mmm, Samoans.

Oh wait, I hate Girl Scout Cookies.

Whatever happened to the un-ion monkeys?

wordmonkey
10-24-2006, 10:14 PM
Whatever happened to the un-ion monkeys?

They met up with the ion monkeys and exploded. Not many people know that ion and un-ion monkeys react just like matter and anti-matter when you put them together.

This should not be mistaken with the raction that happens between matter and uncle-matter. I think we all know that uncle-matter had over indulged on the Cristmas Eggnog last year and he would never have behaved the way he did, had he been sober.