[Ads-l] consensus and concensus and 100%?

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon Dec 19 04:39:34 EST 2016


A NY Times article on a disputed claim that a manuscript is by Beethoven ends with:

"The buyer should understand that there are very few pieces of art or music that do not have any negative views about their genesis," Mr. Spencer said. "He is, in essence, buying a consensus of expert opinion. And by definition, a consensus is not 100 percent."


But a consensus by definition is complete agreement.

I wonder whether Spencer was thinking of concensus, a common misspelling.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/18/arts/music/as-prices-for-classical-scores-soar-one-beethoven-is-in-question.html?module=WatchingPortal&region=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=4&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F12%2F18%2Farts%2Fmusic%2Fas-prices-for-classical-scores-soar-one-beethoven-is-in-question.html&eventName=Watching-article-click


Stephen Goranson

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