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Postby Hairyloon » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:07 am

There are times in discussions where misunderstandings arise people are working with different understandings as to the definition of a word.
We have a choice of online dictionaries available at our fingertips; can we have some recommendations as to the best one?
It can't hurt to have an agreed reference.
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Re: Approved Dictionary.

Postby dls » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:01 pm

It may be unusual for such things to be picked up in a dictionary.
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Re: Approved Dictionary.

Postby Hairyloon » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:20 pm

dls wrote:It may be unusual for such things to be picked up in a dictionary.

Which things?
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Re: Approved Dictionary.

Postby dls » Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:41 am

One example is the word authority.

A good deal of damage was created a few years ago by the use of the same word in the same conversation by computing and legal professionals. Unfortunately the same word had different meanings for the two groups but they appear not to have understood this - result the Computer Misuse Act 1991

Later a similar confusion arose with the meaning of 'signature' in the Electronic Communications Act 2000.

The differences are subtle and go well beyond mere definition.
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