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    what are open adjectives.

    what are open adjectives?

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    Re: what are open adjectives.

    Quote Originally Posted by trevayne View Post
    what are open adjectives?
    Where did you meet this expression? It's new to me.

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    Re: what are open adjectives.

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Where did you meet this expression? It's new to me.
    ....And to me. Shame - I read this thread hoping you'd know.

    I imagine it might sometimes be used as an abbreviation for 'open to interpretation'... (as when someone politely says an idea is 'interesting' rather than 'totally impractical', or when a civil servant tries to dissuade a minister from a course of action by describing it as 'brave' or 'innovative' rather than 'foolhardy' or 'doomed to failure'). But it's not an idiomatic usage I've met - although 'open' itself is that sort of adjective: for example an 'open carriage' is not at all like an 'open sandwich' or an 'open question'. (So that you might meet something like:
    "When writing a CV or resumé, avoid 'open' adjectives: a potential employer wants to know precisely what you mean and what you've done; say, for example, 'over 10,000' rather than 'innumerable'".

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    Re: what are open adjectives.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ....And to me. Shame - I read this thread hoping you'd know.

    I imagine it might sometimes be used as an abbreviation for 'open to interpretation'... (as when someone politely says an idea is 'interesting' rather than 'totally impractical', or when a civil servant tries to dissuade a minister from a course of action by describing it as 'brave' or 'innovative' rather than 'foolhardy' or 'doomed to failure'). But it's not an idiomatic usage I've met - although 'open' itself is that sort of adjective: for example an 'open carriage' is not at all like an 'open sandwich' or an 'open question'. (So that you might meet something like:
    "When writing a CV or resumé, avoid 'open' adjectives: a potential employer wants to know precisely what you mean and what you've done; say, for example, 'over 10,000' rather than 'innumerable'".

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    Mr. K,

    When you mentioned words such as "interesting" being open

    to interpretation, I immediately thought of something that is

    used in American English: weasel words.

    One time a substitute teacher (British: supply teacher???) returned to the

    principal's office after teaching a horrible class of disorderly students. The

    principal asked, "Well, how was your day?" The substitute (not wishing to

    offend the principal) replied: It was an interesting experience.


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    Re: what are open adjectives.

    I've taken the liberty of cutting out the space at the end of the quote.

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    Re: what are open adjectives.

    Thank goodness for that. It was wearing out my mouse wheel.

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    Re: what are open adjectives.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I've taken the liberty of cutting out the space at the end of the quote.

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    Thank you so much. As a computer illiterate, I did not know how to do

    that. When I pressed "quote," that big space came up, and I was

    nonplussed.

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    Re: what are open adjectives.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Thank you so much. As a computer illiterate, I did not know how to do

    that. When I pressed "quote," that big space came up, and I was

    nonplussed.
    I wasn't particulary plussed myself when I saw all that space.

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