Questions for linguists, semanticists, and copy editors

Discussion in 'The Observation Bar' started by Naphtali, May 2, 2011.

  1. Naphtali

    Naphtali Practically Family

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    Two questions:

    1. What is the purpose for the word "co-conspirator?" The word "conspirator" appears to be the correct term in usage. If the purpose is a function of attorney bafflegab - that is, never use one word when ten will do - I understand; co-conspirator has no purpose.

    2. Why is the phrase "enter into" used when, in nearly all circumstances, the term "enter" furnishes accurate information? Another way of phrasing the question might be: Has anyone ever "entered out of?"
     
  2. McDaniel

    McDaniel New in Town

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    Conspirator is singular...one persond can conspire. Co-conspirator means that another person had joined with the 'conspirator' and thus becomes a 'co-conspirator.

    2. Entered means to enter..as to a room. Normally enter into means to join, or jointly/equally be responsibile for..usually legal term as in 'You and I enter into this contract with the intent...etc."
    Someone else may have a better answer, but I hope this helps.
     
  3. Naphtali

    Naphtali Practically Family

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    McDaniel:

    Many thanks for your prompt reply. I have responded within your quote. I cannot write that you are wrong; I attempted to raise my issues with your explanation, though. . . . Please don't chew off my ear.
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    Completely off topic - Does anyone else who wears spectacles view the red text as being on a lower layer within the entire quoted text box? The effect disappears when I don't look through my glasses.
     
  4. subject101

    subject101 One of the Regulars

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    Even we have well documented cases of co-co-conspirators and co-co-co-conspirators. :D :eusa_doh:
     
  5. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    A conspiracy may involve the within but yet remain without. ;)
     
  6. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

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    McDaniel has explained things correctly. Your qualms are understandable, naphtali, but our language isn't always logical.
     
  7. McDaniel

    McDaniel New in Town

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    I never chew ears...Van Goth taught me that.

    ACQUISITIONS EDITOR:
     
  8. McDaniel

    McDaniel New in Town

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    Sorry, didn't finish
    Acquisitions Editor: Finds, negotiates for, acquires manuscripts
    Line Editor: Performs the actual content edit, (also called the 'line'
    edit or 'substansive' edit
    Content Editor: Reads for accuracy, balance, fairness, cogency of arugument,
    adequatement treatment of subject matters and conformity to the original book proposal.
    Copy Editor: Scours the manuscript for accuracy in grammer, citations and factual content.
    Proof Reader: Fine tunes puncutation and other details.
    All are necessary for a final production of a manuscript into book form.
    Sorry to be wordy, but it may help understand my answer.
    Thank you Scotrace
     
  9. McDaniel

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    Sorry again, as to your second point..: what happened to 'conspitators' when singular 'conspitor' joins with another they become 'co-conspitors' if others join they may become co-conspitors if equal in rank or they then after may be refered to as: The conspitors, or The conspitors...
     
  10. McDaniel

    McDaniel New in Town

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    Got to ask, Subject101, where did you find the
    black bird? Is that from the first movie with Cortez
    or the second with Bette Davis or the final with Bogart?
     
  11. Enter into seems to come up when it is a type of arrangement as listed above enter into a contract, an agreement, enter into matrimony. Enter into a new age of prosperity, a commitment. So it might mean more of a change in condition as opposed to an actual whereabouts.
     
  12. Naphtali

    Naphtali Practically Family

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    AHA!

    "When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained." - Mark Twain
     
  13. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

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    co-conspirators
    co-authors
    co-founders
    co-denfendants


    All different in meaning from conspirators, authors, founders.

    "Co" signifies a singular example. "Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simmone Beck are co-authors of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." They worked together on this specific book. They are also just "authors" of the book, but that doesn't quite define what is at work here.

    "WEB DuBois, Ida B. Welles, Archibald Grimke, Florence Kelly, and several others co-founded {were co-founders of} the NAACP." All were what could be termed "founders" of something. Specifically, they were co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

    "Sacco and Vanzetti were co-defendants in a murder and robbery trial in Braintree, MA." They were defendants. Specifically, they were co-defendants in this trial.
     
  14. Miss Neecerie

    Miss Neecerie I'll Lock Up

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    exactly! the normal plural of conspirators does not imply that conspirators were involved in the SAME conspiracy. co-conspirators does imply one conspiracy with multiple parties conspiring together.
     
  15. Yeps

    Yeps Call Me a Cab

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    The problem is that conspirators already includes that prefix in the word, and by it very etymology implies collaboration.
     
  16. Naphtali

    Naphtali Practically Family

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    Am I stubborn or, perhaps, unable to easily discern nuance?

    "Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simmone Beck are ["the" is optional] authors of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." The meaning appears identical to your example. Is there any other interpretation regarding authorship of the book?

    "WEB DuBois, Ida B. Welles, Archibald Grimke, Florence Kelly, and several others founded the NAACP." This appears to be accurate and precise.

    "Sacco and Vanzetti were co-defendants in a murder and robbery trial in Braintree, MA." Alter verbiage to: "Sacco and Vanzetti were defendants in their murder and robbery trial in Braintree, MA." The meaning, again appears to be accurate and precise.
     
  17. HodgePodge

    HodgePodge One of the Regulars

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    I'm going to risk a fight here and suggest that this is boiling down to stylistic preference. I don't see how the meanings of the phrases are any less accurate when making use of words with a "co-" prefix.
     
  18. Habitation or cohabitation?
     
  19. Miss Neecerie

    Miss Neecerie I'll Lock Up

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    Small technicality here....but the word conspirators does not contain the prefix co-. It contains the prefix con- .
    They are related and indeed carry similar meanings, but are still different prefixes.

    I am being fussy I know...but if the prefix in conspire was co- that would make the word it attaches to nspire which is not a word in english at all.

    con- spire..... -spire from the latin word for breath...... to breathe together.
     
  20. Excellent! That cut to the heart of the matter. A gold start for you! The English language can sometimes be very precise and as it has been said before words do have meaning.
     

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