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Re: The next release (was: Planned packages for sarge)

Craig Dickson <crdic@pacbell.net> writes:

> Actually, it's even worse than that. According to the American Heritage
> Dictionary, "biannual" can mean either semiannual or biennial,
> effectively making the word completely useless.

A similar change has happened to "nauseous", which used to mean only
"causes nausea", but through misuse now can also mean "afflicted with
nausea" (that is, "nauseated").

In this case, as in the case of biannual, context is often (though not
always) adequate to distinguish.

Ah, thus does language change!  In a hundred years, this will have
become standard, and a whole new set of worries will arise.

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