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  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    Alan4discussion #14

    You’re right that it makes no sense to complain about Saudi Arabia’s growing military strength without pointing out that the United States and the UK are the main suppliers of weapons to the country. Americans and Brits who are opposed to Saudi foreign policy should begin by demanding that their governments end their…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    I think that Islam v Capitalism will probably bring about the final third world war and possibly the extinction of the human-race. M27Holts #4 Jan 13, 2017 at 9:08 am

    These entities are neither in contradistinction to one another. nor are they military powers. Military powers, due to their possession of nuclear weapons and their belligerence,…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    Is there any word that you don’t like,

    The factual existence of a word and the meanings attributed to it are not a matter of emotional reactions. Those who don’t ‘like’ a word are under no obligation to use it. Telling others that they can’t use a word that is common currency is an attempt to ‘silence debate’. The list of words in p…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    And to assume that all bigotry is essentially fear-based is a generalization, a presumptuous, pseudo-psychoanalytic judgment.

    That is not the assumption at all. There is absolutely no rule that says that a word derived from a foreign language has to remain fixed to the original meaning of that word.

    ‘Homophobia’ is a good example. It’s…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    had ‘anti-muslim bigot’ been used instead of islamaphobia?

    Maybe, but that’s not the term that Muslims use. You can’t impose your views on them, under democratic secular rules. You can argue your case, but those saying ‘silly word’, in ignorance of normal English usage, are not best placed to do so.

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    It’s rather significant that those trying to shut down discussion, by saying that Islamophobia is a silly word, are in the anti-Islam camp. By all means argue about the meaning of words, but not in ignorance of normal language usage. Anti-Semitism, homophobia and a lot of words may be dismissed as ‘silly’ but they are actually accepted as part of…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    Phobia implies an irrational fear. Dan

    As an anxiety disorder, yes. When it is part of a compound word, describing psychiatric conditions. In other registers, not so much or not at all. Why the resistance to the facts of language meaning and use?

    The English suffixes -phobia, -phobic, -phobe (from Greek φόβος phobos, “fear”) occur in tech…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    Dan #83 Jan 3, 2017 at 2:36 pm Speaking of words, and I never thought about this until recently, the “word” plays an important role in the Bible.

    Don’t you know it’s all metaphorical, as ‘sophisticated’ Christians will say, with a wry smile at the simple-mindedness of non-believers? God cannot be understood by mere humans so we are com…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    I have never seen a coherent use that couldn’t better be called anti Muslim bigotry. phil rimmer

    Why better? What makes a person a Muslim is their adherence to Islam, to its beliefs, practices and customs. Uncontextualized attacks on the Koran, cruel punishments, wearing the niqab and other aspects of Islamic belief and culture, are open t…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    Alan4discussion common usage rather than competent usage!

    Dictionaries are descriptive not prescriptive.

    There’s no problem of specialist terminology. There are specialist dictionaries for such terms. Anyone compiling a general dictionary can consult a specialist or a specialist dictionary to ensure that they have an accurate definition of…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    Creationists love quoting poor quality dictionary definitions of scientific terms, in the interests of obfuscation! Alan4discussion

    The problem there is not the dictionary, particularly, but anybody who would be fool enough to quote a dictionary, especially a general dictionary, as a scientific source book. I’m afraid you’re right, though,…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    phil rimmer #69 So fight back, at every turn! Word use defines what goes in dictionaries not the other way around.

    Agreed. So use the word correctly (or not at all) and protest at its inaccurate use. It’s a waste of effort to attack the word itself. It’s not only a waste of effort but it’s an attack based on false grounds. There’s a clear…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    I cannot let this go on. phil rimmer

    As King Canute said. You cannot deny linguistic fact. Dictionaries record the facts. You, as a user of the language, can exclude a word from your personal lexicon, but you have don’t have the power of Orwell’s Stalinesque Big Brother to exercise control over the English language.

    Why the focus on one…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    The problem I find with some dictionaries, is that they are written by linguists, who do not necessarily understand specialist terminology, and often give meanings which are common usage rather than competent
    usage! Alan4discussion

    Obviously, the compilers of general dictionaries (or anybody else) can’t possibly be an expert in all the…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    Olgun,

    I’m surprised you didn’t think of looking up a dictionary. Just type ‘Islamophobia define’ into Google or whatever search engine you use. You don’t have to wait ten years. For example:

    Islamophobia

    hatred or fear of Muslims and Islam

    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/islamophobia

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    Dan #58 Dec 29, 2016 at 3:50 pm But phobia means fear of something.

    Over time, with use, words extend and change their meaning. They are not precision instruments in ordinary, everyday use. With words, derived from other languages, you can’t depend on them being used, strictly in their original meaning. ‘Phobia’ as a medical condition, is an…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    As a medical condition, symptoms of a phobia may include;
    unsteadiness, dizziness and lightheadedness
    nausea
    sweating
    increased heart rate or palpitations
    shortness of breath
    trembling or shaking
    an upset stomach
    (NHS)

    We’re not talking about phobia in this sense, when we refer to homophobia, Europhobia xenophobia and the like. Here, it’s a…[Read more]

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    “The essence of the misuse of the word, is in the ambiguity of the definition.”

    It’s not ambiguous. But you haven’t made the necessary distinction between a phobia, which is an anxiety disorder, requiring medical treatment, and the suffix -phobia, when it refers to an indiscriminate intellectual or moral aversion or hostility.

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Naturally, people who are hostile to Islam, claim that there is no such thing as Islamophobia. Why not ask those who are victims of it what they think. In the video, young British Muslims speak out about Islamophobia.

  • aldous posted a new activity comment 2 years, 8 months ago

    Miracles happen at airports. More than once I’ve seen a wheelchair being pushed to the departure gate. More than once I’ve seen the person in the wheelchair jump up and walk briskly onwards. It occurs to me that maybe there was nothing wrong with their legs in the first place. I’ve had the same suspicion, looking at videos of faith healers,…[Read more]

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