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Noted in passing -- the word 'and' seems to be disappearing from the English language.  

We probably have a good ways to go before such an essential word disappears entirely,  but current trends in usage look grim.

There are a number of common constructs in which "and" normally appears, and other constructs are replacing them in common usage.  For example:

"Both A and B"  is being replaced by "both A but also B"  or "both A as well as B".

"Between A and B" is being replaced by "between A - B".   Likewise "from A to B" is being replaced by "from A - B".

I am at a loss to explain the trend, except that perhaps "and" is too useful and too short, so some people feel a need to replace it with something that makes them sound more scholarly.

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In the same vein, "than" seems to be disappearing from the language, to be replaced by various less common words or even circumlocutions.

Thus, instead of, "John is taller than Jim," we get "John is taller compared to Jim," or, "John is taller versus Jim," or even "John is taller in terms of Jim."

I don't know why, but it may be related to the very surprising difficulty some people have in distinguishing between "than" and "then".   Years ago, nobody had that problem, but apparently for some reason they do now.
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Last time I tried, I could find only an extremely poor quality recording of this work.  This is much better.

My favorite lines are,

If we only have love,
We can reach those in pain,
We can heal all our wounds,
We can use our own names.
How far am I outside the main stream of popular culture?

Well, one indication is that I had scarcely heard of so renowned a superstar as Johnny Depp en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_D… until he appeared in a science-fiction movie Transcendence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcen… -- a film not well received publicly, but built upon several themes near and dear to my heart.  Depp escaped my notice altogether when he was considered a teen idol, but now that he is 52, he is worthy of some attention.

But two personages who do count as superstars in my world are Andrea Ghez en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_M…; and Carolyn Porco en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolyn_… , both noted astronomer/physicists.   One is best known for her work in connection with super-massive black holes, the other for her work in connection with Saturn's rings etc.    I mention them together mainly because I was confusing one with the other until I bothered to look them up.
I finally got around to watching the movie on television.  It was a great disappointment.    Like too much "science fiction", the story seems to have been written by someone who really didn't understand the scientific/technical issues involved.

As might be expected of such an author, he/she made much of the analogy between David, the artificially intelligent youngster of this story, and Pinocchio, of the classic fairy tale.  The analogy doesn't really work, for my money.  In particular, in the real world as we know it, there is no fairy godmother who can make David magically become a real boy.    The actually possible resolution of the boy's dilemma is much deeper;  perhaps I will have time to expound upon it some other time.
"This was literally the Phoenix rising from the ashes."

By any measure, Gwen Ifill is an extraordinary individual -- a black woman who has risen to great prominence in broadcast journalism, a field that is otherwise largely dominated by white males.   But the other day she stumbled badly in her characterization of a procedural turnaround  in the legislative processes in connection with the international trade deal now being worked out.

Clearly there was no actual bird flapping about in the halls of Congress, so why on Earth did she say there was?   Well, she fell into the all-too-common habit of using certain words without regard for their meaning, or in contradiction to their meaning. There was no literal Phoenix, but there was a metaphorical or figurative rising from the ashes.   She should have said,

"This was figuratively the Phoenix rising from the ashes."

or,

"This was the Phoenix rising from the ashes, so to speak."

[Incidentally, I have long suspected her surname is a misspelling of "Eiffel", the name of the gentleman who designed the famous Tower in Paris.]

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Noted in passing -- the word 'and' seems to be disappearing from the English language.  

We probably have a good ways to go before such an essential word disappears entirely,  but current trends in usage look grim.

There are a number of common constructs in which "and" normally appears, and other constructs are replacing them in common usage.  For example:

"Both A and B"  is being replaced by "both A but also B"  or "both A as well as B".

"Between A and B" is being replaced by "between A - B".   Likewise "from A to B" is being replaced by "from A - B".

I am at a loss to explain the trend, except that perhaps "and" is too useful and too short, so some people feel a need to replace it with something that makes them sound more scholarly.

***

In the same vein, "than" seems to be disappearing from the language, to be replaced by various less common words or even circumlocutions.

Thus, instead of, "John is taller than Jim," we get "John is taller compared to Jim," or, "John is taller versus Jim," or even "John is taller in terms of Jim."

I don't know why, but it may be related to the very surprising difficulty some people have in distinguishing between "than" and "then".   Years ago, nobody had that problem, but apparently for some reason they do now.

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golem1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
One fan said he enjoyed Shakespeare's plays, but found the dialogue tiresome in that it contained so many old cliches!  The explanation, of course, is that those cliches originated with Shakespeare, and they became cliches because they are so pithy and quotable.

In some quarters it is fashionable to invent a name for one's personal philosophy.   Asked how I see things, I once answered that I would call myself a Methodist, except that the term is already in use and means something other than what I would mean by it.  Indeed, I said that I consider myself to BE a method.   Hence the importance to me of the quotation in my signature line.
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golem1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Testing new signature line.
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Leiika Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
lol I'm using ubuntu as well :)
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Leiika Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Thanks for the critique and +watch! I really appreciate it!
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JPLafontaine Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014

Thanks for the Fav ! :) (Smile) 

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Malleni-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
+fav Thank you ! Have a nice day :wave:
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gabo2020 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the :+fav:
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ilovepumpkin2014 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Thanks for the fave!
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StoneSorceress Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Welcome by StoneSorceress

welcome to the Stone Sorceress gallery 
please enjoy your visits :D
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peterbru Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Thanks for the favs... :)
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