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    high and low culture(s)

    Hi,

    http://alkubaisi.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2...d-low-culture/

    ''What are the key differences between high and low culture?''

    Is it not supposed to be 'high and low cultures'?

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    Re: high and low culture(s)

    Either is possible, but the two phrases have different meanings.

    High or low culture contrasts two kinds of culture, which the author calls "high" and "low". High or low cultures contrasts two cultures.
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    Re: high and low culture(s)

    I've never heard it pluralized. I suppose it could be, but then what's a high culture, and what's a low culture? As we say in English, it's all in the eye of the beholder.

    Singular is more common and natural. It's used (and, more often, misused) to draw artificial lines between the educated and uneducated.
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    Re: high and low culture(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I've never heard it pluralized.
    You'll find quite a few examples of the plural form here: https://www.google.cz/search?q=%22Th...ound+the+world

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    Re: high and low culture(s)

    Thanks for the tip!

    Actually, I didn't find it in any of those sites. So I Googled the phrase and found some examples, but they all were referring to high and low culture, they weren't calling some cultures high and others low. That is, it wasn't used in the sense that GS and I described. So I simply blame bad editing.

    I'm sure it's out there somewhere, though. I just couldn't find an example.
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