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Re: Mea Culpa, mea Culpa + gloassary
In Canada we use circumlocution as a means of being Politically-Correct, a
term that I find offensive.
Jean from Canada
Tim Wallace-Murphy wrote:
> Dear Friends,
> Apparently honest comment as to the accuracyof certain sources now has to be
> replaced with a soupcon of circumlocution. Far be it from me to argue with
> the list moderator, my duty is simply to obey. In case I do feel moved to
> comment on sources in future herewith is a glossary of the kind of terms I
> shall use.
> This source is reliable = the man has a reputation for integrity, honesty
> and good scholarship.
> A good source = as far as can be established his or her ideas are usually
> verifaible from reliable sources.
> Unknown validity = of unknown validity
> Flakey = purports to be an expert, wrong far more often than not, often
> dishonourable, their views can chane with bewildering rapidity, often in a
> self-contradictory manner and a pertinaceous follower of bizarre ideas
> which neither he nor anyone else can understand, prove or disprove.
> Dubious = Known to lie most of the time, fantasize or grossly exagerate.
> Downright dangerous - so wrong their sanity is in doubt, but diagnosis is as
> yet unknown - after all I'm only a poor bloody psychologist not a
> Apart from that I shall lurk quietly in future unless asked to
> comment. So folks you may now parade the most bizarre theories in perfect
> safety from any commentaryy from yours truly.
> Yours in silence
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