11 novembre 2014

What’s Interesting About ‘Disinterested’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . History is so annoying.
Just when you gird your loins to pen an eloquent article about the fine distinctions of language, threading your way among the thickets of the prescriptivist debate to request that we all pause to acknowledge what might be lost when such distinctions collapse, history comes along and thumbs its snotty nose at you. I refer to the difference in meaning accorded the adjectives disinterested and uninterested, of which the noun forms are (or should be) disinterest and uninterest. More...

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