pet peeves

From: Wade Smith (
Date: Tue 17 Dec 2002 - 18:13:54 GMT

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    On Tuesday, December 17, 2002, at 11:33 AM, Grant Callaghan wrote:

    > Furthermore, it causes people who come here to discuss memetics
    > to miss interesting messages because they don't want to wade
    > through the spam to get to them.

    OK. Pet peeve. Well, sort of.

    This poor word 'wade', which I am so close to.

    Now, I know, it's common enough and in common enough usage, although, mostly (MOSTLY!) _these days_ only to indicate
    _walking in shallow water_, but, I do admit to cringing when I see it, especially in these forums, as, well, I admit it, I take it personally.

    I know, my own problem, but, hell, we all got problems.

    And, this one is fixed by substituting 'sift'.

    It's even more apt. And I like apt.

    - Wade


     From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913):

      3. To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize.

                 Sifting the very utmost sentence and syllable.

                 Opportunity I here have had
                 To try thee, sift thee.

                 Let him but narrowly sift his ideas. --I. Taylor.

        To sift out, to search out with care, as if by sifting.


     From WordNet (r) 1.7:

          3: check and sort carefully; "sift the information" [syn: sieve]
          4: distinguish and separate out; "sift through the job
             candidates" [syn: sieve]

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