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    strictly / technically speaking / technically

    I always say, strictly speaking, the earth is not round but spherical.

    Can I replace 'strictly speaking' with technically speaking or technically?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: strictly / technically speaking / technically

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I always say, strictly speaking, the earth is not round but spherical.

    Can I replace 'strictly speaking' with technically speaking or technically?

    Many thanks.
    Yes you can. You could also say:
    "Strictly, the earth is not round but spherical" or
    "The earth is not strictly round, but spherical".

    Either way you'd be wrong, because the earth is technically an oblate spheroid which, strictly, is not a sphere. It's flat at the poles.

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    Re: strictly / technically speaking / technically

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes you can. You could also say:
    "Strictly, the earth is not round but spherical" or
    "The earth is not strictly round, but spherical".

    Either way you'd be wrong, because the earth is technically an oblate spheroid which, strictly, is not a sphere. It's flat at the poles.
    Drat, you beat me to it. How often does one get to use the word "oblate"?

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    Re: strictly / technically speaking / technically

    Spherical is also round if you ask me.
    Or you could say:
    "The earth is not exactly round, but spherical"

    There is nothing technical about circles and spheres but an oblate spheroid would be technical.

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    Re: strictly / technically speaking / technically

    Just to make sure I got it correct, 'technically' or 'technically speaking' can be used?

    It seems the word 'speaking' is redundant; 'strictly' alone is fine.

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    Re: strictly / technically speaking / technically

    'Technically/strictly speaking' sounds better than 'technically, strictly' I think.
    I personally wouldn't use those words which I consider as 'padding' in writing.

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