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Although people usually go to dictionaries first when they need a definition, specialized reference works can have more comprehensive and complete definitions - if for no other reason, than because of the greater space. These definitions can reflect greater bias, too, depending upon the author and the audience that it is written for.

 

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April 14, 2010 at 8:45 pm
(1) Shelly says:

Perhaps instead being paranoid of being influenced about someone elses opinion, you should invest the time to learn the languages from which the root words and/or origin of the word began. That way, you can insure that you understand the undiluted intent of the author of whatever text you happen to be reading.
Regards, S~

April 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm
(2) Austin Cline says:

Perhaps instead being paranoid of being influenced about someone elses opinion,

Feel free to point out example of anyone expressing paranoia.

you should invest the time to learn the languages from which the root words and/or origin of the word began.

Why do you assume that people haven’t?

That way, you can insure that you understand the undiluted intent of the author of whatever text you happen to be reading.

What texts do you think are being read here?

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