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    Default meaning of phrase

    I often see 'technically speaking ... " Is it the same as 'strictly speaking".

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    Default Re: meaning of phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I often see 'technically speaking ... " Is it the same as 'strictly speaking".
    In many contexts, yes. Strictly speaking, 'strictly speaking' refers to a generally strict approach to the assessment of a situation. If the situation calls for technical language, the meanings are effectively the same.

    Technically speaking, a tomato is a fruit.
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    Strictly speaking, a tomato is a fruit.

    But in some contexts, one or the other is preferable:

    Strictly speaking, I shouldn't let you in without an adult. But I won't tell anyone if you won't.

    Technically speaking, this is a nut - not a bolt.


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    Default Re: meaning of phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In many contexts, yes. Strictly speaking, 'strictly speaking' refers to a generally strict approach to the assessment of a situation. If the situation calls for technical language, the meanings are effectively the same.

    Technically speaking, a tomato is a fruit.
    =
    Strictly speaking, a tomato is a fruit.

    But in some contexts, one or the other is preferable:

    Strictly speaking, I shouldn't let you in without an adult. But I won't tell anyone if you won't.

    Technically speaking, this is a nut - not a bolt.
    Strickly speaking, Bob's explanation is perfect, and I don't think carrying coals to Newcastle will make any difference.

    Technically speaking, carrying coals to Newcastle is complicated and difficult.

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