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    hhtt21 is offline Key Member
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    obsolete v. old-fashioned

    Are obsolete words and old-fashioned words the same concepts? Is obsolete=old-fashioned here?

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    Re: obsolete v. old-fashioned

    Obsolete means "no longer used or understood". Old-fashioned means "not used much anymore but readily understood".
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    Re: obsolete v. old-fashioned

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Obsolete means "no longer used or understood". Old-fashioned means "not used much anymore but readily understood".
    1. In https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obsolete 1b is old-fashioned so will the meanings depend on context, won't they?
    2. Does obsolete mean also dead according to your definition?

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    Re: obsolete v. old-fashioned

    "Obsolete" doesn't mean "dead". In the definition 1b, "obsolete" means "no longer current" which is also the meaning of "old-fashioned" however the two are not interchangeable in your example.

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