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Old 12-17-2004, 12:28 PM   #1
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Two very useful definitions from Dictionary.com


existence:
To have actual being; be real.

Real:
Being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verifiable existence.
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Old 12-17-2004, 12:42 PM   #2
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Erm...yes, very interesting, my life, or at least my day, has been enlightened.
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Old 12-17-2004, 01:14 PM   #3
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Well-spotted, Meg! I mean they never use synonyms of a word to describe it in dictionaries. And it is quite surprising when one finds that synonyms work both ways
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Old 12-17-2004, 01:58 PM   #4
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The point I was trying to make is that those definitions are useless in actually explaining the concept of existence/reality.
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Old 12-17-2004, 02:04 PM   #5
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Okay, fair enough. Also, inflammable and flammable are also used to describe one another in the "Collins English Dictionary".
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Old 12-17-2004, 02:13 PM   #6
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Yes, as in "I am right because I am much smarter than you, and I must be smarter than you because I am right".
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Old 12-17-2004, 02:36 PM   #7
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Old 12-17-2004, 03:23 PM   #9
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Okay, fair enough. Also, inflammable and flammable are also used to describe one another in the "Collins English Dictionary".
Technically, something is "flammable" if it will burn in the presence of oxygen. Something that is "inflammable" will burn when not in the presence of oxygen. Things that are "non-inflammable" will not burn at all. [img]graemlins/petard.gif[/img]
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