from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an unfounded, false and dogmatic assertion
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The practice of dogmatic assertion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an unsupported dogmatic assertion
And he hasn’t engaged in ipsedixitism; he makes two arguments against the proscription against splitting infinitives.
By the way, I never had a problem with ipsedixitism.
So let me modify my original statement: Rather than saying your post was nothing more than reheated ipsedixitism, I should say that there was a lot of reheated ipsedixitism in it.
I get the impression you are somewhat angered, especially when you start off with, “Christopher, with all due respect, your post is basically nothing more than reheated ipsedixitism.”
Christopher, with all due respect, your post is basically nothing more than reheated ipsedixitism.
Now, regarding my accusation of ipsedixitism on your part: I concede that you did bring up dictionaries regarding your claim that using “they” as a singular is illogical and your claim that “everybody” is singular.
No, the thing that gave me the impression you might harbor some heightened level of frustration or anger was the words before ipsedixitism: “nothing more than reheated …” “Nothing more than” certainly suggests an attempt to dismiss or minimize my thoughts, as does “reheated.”
I can see how a sentence like “your post is basically nothing more than reheated ipsedixitism” might give that impression, but in all honesty one of the main reasons I said that is that “ipsedixitism” is a fun word.
Defect of substantial reasons must be compensated somehow; and no compensation for it is more obvious, or is oftener called into play, than an air of impatient contempt towards those who disrelish ipsedixitism.
April 16, 2009 in books, disagreements, grammar, ipsedixitism, links | Tags: geoff pullum, strunk and white, elements of style, chronicle of higher education | 2 comments
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