Date: Feb 28, 2013 7:47 AM
Author: William Hughes
Subject: Re: Matheology § 222 Back to the roots

On Feb 28, 12:03 pm, WM <> wrote:
> On 27 Feb., 21:28, William Hughes <> wrote:

> > I will not defend my position except to point
> > out that many others agree with me,

> That is no argument.

It is if the issue is communication, not correctness.

Consider a man who thinks
German is correct and English is wrong. He
goes into an English restaurant and says

I wish to become a steak.

then gets upset when he is not understood.
If rather than repeating "I wish to become
a steak", he explains that the German verb
"bekommen" means "to obtain" so the correct
meaning of "to become" should be "to obtain"
he might not get agreement, but he will get
a steak.