FW: Same sound, opposite meaning

Marc Sacks msacks at WORLD.STD.COM
Fri May 10 14:25:28 UTC 2002

Robert Fitzke wrote:

>The problem is that "in sloppyXXXXXX common present use it refers to oral
>language only, explicitly opposed to written." is not true. Dictionaries
>give both meanings and I regularly see the word used both ways and in
>contexts in which one can only guess which meaning is intended.
I always run across this in help-wanted ads, where the employer wants
the candidate to be skilled at "verbal and written communication,"
though I've never been very good at pictographs, drawings, or any other
kind of nonverbal written communication.

Marc Sacks
msacks at world.std.com

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