[b-hebrew] lexicography

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Mon Nov 17 19:37:12 EST 2003

On Monday 17 November 2003 10:47, SCOTT, PETER wrote:
> Mark Eddy wrote:
> Interesting.  Let's look at one of my favorite English examples.
> Strike can mean:
> -to hit (strike the rock with your staff)
> -to miss (in baseball)
> [Isn't it the batter who is struck out of play for missing the ball?]

No.  The pitch itself is a strike because it was NOT hit.  This is reaching.

> -to start something (strike up the band)
> [Isn't it the drums and xylophones and whatever that are struck as the
> band begins to play?]

Well, sure - and of course, the trumpets, clarinets, and all the other WIND 
instruments that actually make up the vast bulk of a band (include violins 
and other strings if you want to extend it to an orchestra) all smack their 
instruments with a stick as well, right?  This is both lame and uninformed.

> -to stop something (go on strike)
> [When struck isn't it the company which is hit with a work stoppage?
> The last time I walked a picket line that's what happened.]

It's the workers who go "on strike," and going "on strike" is defined as "work 
stoppage" per your own words.  This is self-defeating.

Come on, guys.  This is reaching the point of being, well, silly.  All these 
absurd gymnastics to try and bail out a lame theory are pointless.  I'm sure 
the energy that has gone into them could be put to more productive use.

Dave Washburn
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