English is a strange language

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May 28, 2011 at 08:46:05
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This one made me laugh, yet left me unable to explain exactly why it is wrong.

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Changes for v5.3.0.108 - v5.3.0.111
You will see a list of issued fixed with this Skype version.

The funny one is "Skype seldom crashed when adding a friend".
This made me think that the fix was to ensure that it crashed every time.

Well, sure, "seldom" does kinda mean "not very often" but I think they
Skype "sometimes" crashed when adding a friend,
or Skype "occasionally" crashed when adding a friend.

My English is not that bad but I am at a loss to explain (off the top
of my head) why "seldom" was the wrong choice. Without using Google or a
dictionary, can anyone explain why?

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May 28, 2011 at 15:01:19
I agree Derek, seldom is a bad choice of word.

Seldom implies something that rarely happens but you would wish it happened more often.

It seems to be the thing these days to use a less negative sounding word when describing something negative. Like saying "I have an issue" when you really mean "I have a problem".


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May 28, 2011 at 15:12:16
Yeah, I guess that makes sense, otherwise it all boils down to context.

I must check Skype to see if it now properly crashes when you add a friend.

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May 28, 2011 at 19:42:33
re: ""Seldom implies something that rarely happens but you would wish it happened more often.

I seldom get sick enough to miss my regular activities.

I seldom have problems paying my bills.

I seldom make people so mad that they want to kill me.

Why would I want any of those things to happen more often?

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May 29, 2011 at 06:26:34
Re #3.

Well, you never know - there are some funny people in this world LOL. Good point tho.

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May 29, 2011 at 14:05:28
If your regular activities include getting drunk and puking on your shoes then I would not mind being sick enough to miss that.

If you have problems paying your bills a bit more often this may light a fire under your butt to control your spending better.

Some would say if your not making people angry your not being honest with them.

I guees in the end it is a matter of perception?


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May 29, 2011 at 15:08:37
... I did'nt know China was in (a) continent ..... lol

... had to throw that one in, suppose it depends if you like "washy floors"
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May 29, 2011 at 15:24:50
Further proving how stupid people really are and how we accommodate them without thinking just so we can go about our business.

Old people don't need companionship. They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use.

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May 29, 2011 at 17:42:58
re: "I guees in the end it is a matter of perception?"

Based on your rebuttals to my statements should I perceive that you agree that the use of the word "seldom" implies the person wishes "the something" would happen more often, as stated by StuartS?

I know of no definition of the word "Seldom" that mentions that implication.

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May 29, 2011 at 20:31:06
Actually my little pee brain would define "seldom" simply as something that does not happen often. The context it is used in would define the rest.

I "seldom" win at poker would imply that I would like it to happen more often and that I possibly have a gambling problem.

I "seldom" experience embarrassing gas while in church I do not believe implies that I would like to fart in church more often.

I feel it may be possible for someone to percieve those another way though what with political correctness and all. Or maybe I just like to argue. Heck I don't know. LMAO


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