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    rant and rave

    When you say that someone "rants and raves", do you think of the two verbs as meaning two different things, or do you use both for emphasis or just because it's idiomatic?

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    Re: rant and rave

    When I hear or say this phrase, it is just an idiom and I donít really think about the meaning of each word. I also think you are correct that we use two words for emphasis.

    You probably know already, but the two words have slightly different meanings. A rant could be a logical but excited speech or piece of writing but if someone raves, they might sound crazy and what they are saying probably doesnít make much sense.

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    Re: rant and rave

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    When I hear or say this phrase, it is just an idiom and I donít really think about the meaning of each word. I also think you are correct that we use two words for emphasis.

    You probably know already, but the two words have slightly different meanings. A rant could be a logical but excited speech or piece of writing but if someone raves, they might sound crazy and what they are saying probably doesnít make much sense.
    Thank you!

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    Re: rant and rave

    I have nothing to add to Munch's clear response. I am writing simply to confirm that I, a speaker of BrE, am of the same opinion.

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    Re: rant and rave

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I have nothing to add to Munch's clear response. I am writing simply to confirm that I, a speaker of BrE, am of the same opinion.
    Me three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Me three.
    Oh dear, that is me too!

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    Re: rant and rave

    Some people used to use a fake html tag in forums
    <rant>...</rant>
    when they were expressing strongly held opinions; they clearly didn't regard themselves as mad, but used it as a warning that they felt this strongly about the text in between the tags.

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