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Plague Words and Phrases. How to Write Strong Arguments at The CreateDebate Blog. I just finished reading an interesting essay entitled How to Disagree.

How to Write Strong Arguments at The CreateDebate Blog

Written by Paul Graham, the essay introduces and describes a seven-level Hierarchy of Disagreement. From name-calling to carefully reasoned refutation, Graham breaks down each level of the hierarchy with a brief explanation. I completely agree with Graham’s theory but I have to disagree with him in one critical area: his use of illustrations (he uses none). Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement. Ambiguous Words. Ambiguous Words Here's a bunch of words that, by themselves, have a handful of meanings.

Ambiguous Words

Because of this flexibility, they can be instrumental in titles for your songs/poems/stories/etc. Click on each word to delve deeper into these words' meanings. Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric. Searching for the best dictionary. - By YiLing Chen-Josephson. It can be a challenge to get at what sets a dictionary apart from its peers.

Searching for the best dictionary. - By YiLing Chen-Josephson

First, you have to move beyond the marked family resemblance (thumb index tabs, speckled pages, and a preference for the name Webster), the swaggering jacket copy ("The most useful dictionary you can own," "The most up-to-date dictionary available," "America's favorite dictionary," etc.), and the shrink-wrap put in place to encourage you and your grubby hands to judge a book by its cover alone. Then you must read indefatigably through scads of introductory material and reference supplements, weigh the merits of different line drawings of jerboas and lazy tongs and the like, and, above all, look up words you know over and over again. I, unencumbered by gainful employment and needing to be kept off the streets, am the very definition of a person up for this challenge. The Bertrand Russell Society - Russell Texts Online. German Social Democracy (1896) An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry (1897) The Principles of Mathematics (1903)

The Bertrand Russell Society - Russell Texts Online

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