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January 27, 2005


Tommaso Dorigo

After posting this, I paused for a sec to think of using the word "say" for a sentence. I could not remember any instance of it in the literature (my vocabulary is a collage of classical British English studies and on-the-road practice of American English).
I decided that I could not afford to make such a mistake, and went on to look for "say" on the Webster's dictionary in my laptop. No description of the word seemed to fit the use of "say" in a phrase such as "say of the week". So I made a search with google: got many hits, but, on a careful inspection, all of them were actual typos! It turns out that the letter "S" is very close to "D" in american keyboards!
However, I did find what I was looking for in the Merriam-Webster online (http://www.merriam-webster.com)in the end: "say" is indeed archaic for sentence, something no doubt stuck to my mind sometime in the past while reading some classics...
So I can go to sleep happy now.

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