"Software" in common discourse in 2003
On Tue, 30 Sep 2003, Barak Pearlmutter wrote:
>Slipping between two definitions can be used to perform a
>rhetorical trick: first get agreement that "All X's are Y's" under
>the common definition of X, then change the definition of X and
>carry over the earlier agreement using the new definition. For
>instance "criminals should be put in jail". Now expand the
>definition of criminals...
>In order to avoid such falacious reasoning, we should be
>particularly careful about slipping between the common vs the
>all-expansive senses of the word "software".
The same also applicable to the word "free".