Student or Learner
what are open adjectives?
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'".
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.
********** NOT A TEACHER **********
Last edited by BobK; 12-Nov-2010 at 12:50. Reason: BobK - fixed runaway space
I've taken the liberty of cutting out the space at the end of the quote.
Thank goodness for that. It was wearing out my mouse wheel.