[Ads-l] as such = "as a result; therefore"?

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Fri Jun 22 11:19:17 EDT 2018

On 6/22/2018 10:10 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> * Another "as such = 'as a result; therefore.'*
> *I don't recall if I mentioned previously that I began noticing this usage
> in 2002 or 2003, when a student of mine used it regularly - in writing
> only, so far as I could tell.*
> https://www.universetoday.com/139467/new-model-predicts-that-were-probably-the-only-advanced-civilization-in-the-observable-universe/
> " 'This often leads to overconfidence, and worse, the Drake equation is
> very sensitive to bias: if you are hopeful a small nudge upwards in several
> uncertain estimates will give a hopeful result, and if you are a pessimist
> you can easily get a low result.'
> " As such, Sanberg, Drexler and Ord looked at the equation’s parameters as
> uncertainty ranges."

This has been annoying me for 10+ years. I see this "as such" -- 
apparently taken to mean exactly or very nearly exactly "therefore" -- 
very frequently in on-line text, even that composed by otherwise 
apparently intelligent and articulate persons.

Does this "as such" = "therefore" appear in any dictionaries or other 
reference books?

Do teachers accept this in student essays and the like?

-- Doug Wilson

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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