General grammar thread (was Re: Checking in)

Otter Perry ottertee at
Sun Jan 25 12:04:55 EST 2004

On Sunday, January 25, 2004, at 04:09 AM, minnow at wrote:

> How about the fine distinction between being avenged and being 
> revenged?
> It's probably too late to rescue any notion that to refute something 
> means
> just a little more than merely to deny it.  No politician has denied
> anything for years: when they say "That isn't true!" and give no 
> evidence
> at all to back up their assertion, it is always reported as "so-and-so
> yesterday refuted accusations that... ".  It would be grand if they
> occasionally rebutted them instead, just for variety.

What about 'oversee' and 'overlook'?  I think I laughed myself sick
the first time I saw the phrase 'oversight committee', but it seems to
be acceptable usage.

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