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    Default A question on logically sound term

    I heard people say 'launch a crackdown on food safety' to mean enforcing food safety laws.

    But logically you crack down on something bad, why do people crack down on food safety which is supposed to be good?

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    Default Re: A question on logically sound term

    They would crack down on violations of food safety regulations.


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    Default Re: A question on logically sound term

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    They would crack down on violations of food safety regulations.

    Thank you, RonBee.

    So you think 'launch a crackdown on food safety' not very logically proper?

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    Default Re: A question on logically sound term

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Thank you, RonBee.

    So you think 'launch a crackdown on food safety' not very logically proper?
    That's right. It doesn't make sense to me. It's illogical.

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    Default Re: A question on logically sound term

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    That's right. It doesn't make sense to me. It's illogical.
    Let me provide a link to you. It is from the AP entitled 'China vows crackdown on food and drug safety '

    China vows crackdown on food and drug safety - International Herald Tribune

    I have searched and noticed that term like this most likely appears on news headlines rather than in contents. Do you think we can be more liberal in writing English on headlines as evidenced by the AP's report link?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: A question on logically sound term

    The headline should read:
    China vows crackdown on food and drug safety violations
    Of course, that's just my opinion.

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    Default Re: A question on logically sound term

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The headline should read:
    China vows crackdown on food and drug safety violations
    Of course, that's just my opinion.
    I agree with you and that's why I raised this question in the first place. But it was an AP report and the writer's English is supposed to be perfect as I think of him or her and it was not the first time I had noticed this kind of logic error.

    The bottomline is nobody would understand it as tampering with food safety. Thank you for your reply.

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