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This is a normal post A tributary lies upstream of a river. The river does not make the tributary, the tributaries make the river.
If a language is evolving it must be flowing forward, like a river. It does not regress to its origin by way of its tributaries. Distributaries are found in deltas, as the river progresses into the sea. English is a living language. Let's not mutilate it with malapropian metaphors.
(, Sun 14 Apr 2019, 21:35, Reply)
This is a normal post *doffs cap
Correct use of tributary. However you understood my meaning. And that means it was semantically correct. (I am a linguist)

""When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”"
(, Sun 14 Apr 2019, 22:01, Reply)
This is a normal post Hmmm.
The fact that I understood what you meant doesn't make what you said semantically correct. 5000 words on The Semantics of Sarcasm on my desk by tomorrow morning please. Humpty Dumpty cannot appear in your bibliography.
(, Sun 14 Apr 2019, 22:48, Reply)
This is a normal post Nope.
That's what semantics is. Your original point is still correct. And a big old egg remains my source.
(, Mon 15 Apr 2019, 8:02, Reply)
This is a normal post Semantics are surely?

(, Mon 15 Apr 2019, 10:36, Reply)
This is a normal post Missed comma and an incomplete sentence here.

(, Mon 15 Apr 2019, 15:15, Reply)
This is a normal post I think Ambegris meant oxbow lakes branching off a sessile oak trunk.

(, Mon 15 Apr 2019, 5:40, Reply)
This is a normal post whatever he meant, he still needs a space after that em dash in the last sentence.

(, Mon 15 Apr 2019, 6:51, Reply)
This is a normal post Don't understand this.
If you mean the Humpty Dumpty quotation, take it up with Lewis Carroll, not me.
(, Mon 15 Apr 2019, 8:04, Reply)
This is a normal post Yeah, that works.
I don't know geography.
(, Mon 15 Apr 2019, 7:55, Reply)