[b-hebrew] Daniel 6:27 (time indefinite)
Read, James C
K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Sat Nov 12 10:58:32 EST 2005
I think you all have valid points (except for the low blow against the NWT which was completely unwarranted). 'Forever', is misleading because the word is clearly used contexts which do not allow such a meaning. 'Time indefinite', while it has honest intentions is funny language which even when you take it apart could be misconstrued anyway. I think we need to find a term or phrase which combines the intentions of 'time indefinite' with the simplicity and clarity of 'forever' and yet clearly and concisely encaptures the sense of both a long time and an undefined amount of time.
'I saw her ages ago'
'We're going to have to wait for ages'
'He'll rule for ages'
I'm not saying that 'ages' or 'for ages' is always the best way to render this but in many cases it seems to both capture the sense and not violate common English usage. This is were I believe that good instincts prove themselves to be more valuable than all the linguistic waffle that we are sometimes bombarded with.
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