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Marion I need a lyric cleaned up - suggestions? (128* d) RE: I need a lyric cleaned up - suggestions? 04 Apr 08

I thought of another good example for my etymology vs. practical usage point: the word inflammable.

What it should mean is something that can burn, i.e., able to be inflamed. However, in practical usage its meaning is ambiguous, since the prefix "in-" often means "not". So, to sell an oxygen tank and label it inflammable would be dangerously poor communication, even if it's etymologically correct.


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