Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 28 12:08:54 UTC 2010

Doesn't the OED online cover it in "tolerate"?


On 4/28/2010 12:11 AM, Herb Stahlke wrote:
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> On today's Daily Dish, Andrew Sullivan has a piece on "tolerance"
> (http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/04/tolerance.html)
> in which quotes, and seems to accept, the claim that the act of
> tolerating entails disapproval of what one tolerates.  I've heard this
> claim before, but I don't find this sense in either the OED Online or
> Merriam-Webster Online, although MW does allow that inference.  I
> wonder if the sense of entailed disapproval comes from the use of
> "tolerate" with negation.  "We won't tolerate such behavior" obviously
> implies disapproval of the behavior.
> Herb
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