an innovation? (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Thu Feb 28 21:33:29 UTC 2008

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Is this a case of someone using a word that they don't know well in an
attempt to sound more erudite than they really are? Is there a word for
_that_ phenomenon (of which I am guilty occasionally)?

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> At 3:56 PM -0500 2/28/08, Mark Mandel wrote:
> >Or just an error / mishearing for "parsing"?
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> >m a m
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> So "sparsing out the patterns" < "parsing out the patterns"?
> I did think "parse" was involved, but I was still not sure
> the source made sense.  I see from googling it, though, that
> there are a whole lot of people, esp. computer people, who do
> use "parse out" to mean something like "figure out" or "work
> out", and indeed the AHD includes a sense of "parse"
> (although not "parse out") within software contexts that
> relates to this sense.
> LH
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