Monika wrote:How could it possibly not be an entry?
Anonymously Famous wrote:It looked like an entry to me, of the verb "take" and the phrase "take exception" under the umbrella of that entry.
I interpreted it as the entry was of the verb "take", and everything underneath it was examples of how to correctly use the word take. But anyways, your quibble is really annoying because I said "I GUESS (as in, I'm not claiming to know) 'take exception' isn't an entry in an official dictionary."
gmalivuk wrote:No, and if you've read much of the thread, you'll no doubt notice that few people take issue with a poster simply stating that they don't like a word because of its sound or its blandness or whatever. The issue people had with your complaint in particular was combining it with the claim that there's always better phrasing available, and then providing examples where you know better than the person speaking what they certainly mean. If you just stated your personal preference or aesthetic impressions of the word, it would have been a non-issue.
Also, I'm kind of disappointed that I wasn't able to work your other example into that paragraph, but that's a separate issue.
Second, I DID notice that no one cared about any other word-hatred. That's why I was so taken aback by all the responses!
Third, my claim was that there is "almost
always" a better phrasing. Please don't lie about what I said to make me look foolish.
Fourth, I should have made it clearer that my examples were not meant to be a pretentious "I know what you mean better than you do". I was giving examples of exactly which usages of "issue" I dislike - when I KNOW what the other person means, via context or simply me asking "I'm sorry, what do you mean when you say that?" By giving those examples, I hoped to avoid questions like, "what about when people say 'magazine issue', does that bug you?"
So surely this has been one big misunderstanding and now it's case closed and we can go back to discussing words like inflammable and eyeball.