Re: MD "friends"

From: elephant (
Date: Sun May 20 2001 - 09:40:00 BST

To describe is to prescribe and to prescribe is to describe.

From: "Bell, Tim" <>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 12:00:09 +0100
To: "''" <>
Subject: RE: MD "friends"

I always thought Platonic was used because we all know he was a philosopher,
therefore a thinker, therefore this is love which relates to the head more
than any other part of the body. In other words - it's a get-out clause
when someone just wants to be friends. As someone who doesn't know Plato
too well it's easy to come to that conclusion so I guess this one goes back
to the old debate on defining languages - do we 'prescribe' correct usage,
or 'describe' actual usage.

Mail Archive -
MD Queries -

To unsubscribe from moq_discuss follow the instructions at:

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : Sat Aug 17 2002 - 16:01:17 BST