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GUEST,Tom Bliss Is traditional song finished? (621* d) RE: Is traditional song finished? 10 Mar 10

Sorry got this wrong:

"Definitions don't get voted out of existence, they evolve, out of changing circumstances, out of constant misuse, by additional information - but certainly not at the behest of a handful."

If it was a just handful, I'd be with you, but it's not - it's the entire English speaking population.


The definition as NOT been voted out of existence. The definition still exists because it's written down - it can't be voted out of existence, though it can be changed, challenged, ignored, forgotten - or championed. Non of this makes it a legal definition.

All that's happened is that the word chosen to describe the definition has ALSO been applied by some other people to some OTHER things.

If that had only be done by a handful of people, you'd be right to ignore it.

But it has been done by the entire English speaking population (ok a significant portion of).

Therefore you are wrong to deny it. Champion your use of the word by all means, but respect the right of others to have their own different use of it.

That's better

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