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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Dissing Pluto and the Other Plutons (NYT)

planet is ordinary language, and includes nine

scientific language is not more precise, but more specialized

it's parasitic on ordinary langauge

the nyt wants ordinary use to be revealed as stupid because it gives the ``expert'' the authority it craves for itself

The astronomical union ought to summon the courage to scratch Pluto from the list of planets.


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