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Thread #152141   Message #3559279
Posted By: Nigel Parsons
16-Sep-13 - 08:11 AM
Thread Name: Improving Lyrics?
Subject: RE: Improving Lyrics?
Now, you've heard "Winter Wonderland" lots and lots of times, but did YOU ever query the use/suitability of the word conspire?
No, you didn't!

Quite right.
I didn't query the use of the word because its use is clear, and unambiguous (if read in context).

BUT, I would safely say that 99.9+% of the population understand "conspire" to have a sinister element!
As in definition 1.

"66.67% of all statistics are made up on the spot!" I doubt that yours has any degree of accuracy.
I would have accepted (if you'd chosen to say it) that most people are likely to read something sinister into 'conspiracy', but that does not automatically carry-through to 'conspire'. A lot of people (probably more than your putative <0.01%) would be unlikely to even link the two words.