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Old 2020-08-05, 13:46   #67
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I know someone whose neighbor let her animals run loose regularly. Her roving peacocks did $1500 damage to a car's finish in a single event, after entering the car owner's garage. The irresponsible animal-owner tried to blame the car owner, for having left the garage door open! And not surprisingly, the dolt was concerned about her insurance carrier dropping her if there was another claim. Same neighbor's cats damaged the homeowner's patio screen. Same neighbor's horse ran across a rain-softened lawn damaging the sod.
Did the poor little sod die, or did it make a full recovery?
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One can say things like "Information Technology Department Technician".
Language is for the purpose of communication, usually. (Although politicians, lawyers, salespeople, etc, employ it to confuse or mislead, or waste time.) Efficiency matters. George Carlin on this continuing deterioration through inflationary euphemisms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuEQixrBKCc
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Did the poor little sod die, or did it make a full recovery?
Likely the depressions created required filling, or the riding lawnmower could do a wheel drop into the depression and nearby sod would get scalped. Digging a mower blade into soil can require blade replacement or overload the bearings. My neighborhood has a similar problem with the mail carrier driving off the pavement between mailboxes, creating a 6" deep slot at road's edge every spring. Rain runoff then follows that channel, undermining the pavement, until we spend some time with a spade to put the rock and soil back where it belongs. Next mail delivery or two, same issue re-created, and repeat. People try to discourage the offroading by placing various conspicuous obstacles. Sometimes those are run into or run over.

A loose horse is no joke. It is sometimes fatal for both the horse and a driver or passenger. https://stablemanagement.com/article...orse-liability

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And users of a given language clearly having widely varying needs and wants, so such changes in common-and-acceptable usage should not be rammed down the throats of everyone by a vocal minority.
Comments and suggestions are not ramming them down a throat. Nor are style guides. Post-facto changing a writer's text such as this notable example (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/sle...on_g_word.html) is. Business using style requirements are not.
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