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Words Have Meaning

People are aware of the existence of things called dictionaries right? Because there seems to be this feeling that one can just toss out words whether the meaning applies or not.

Opinion: A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof.

Fact: Knowledge or information based on real occurrences.

So the difference is – if I say something like, “Oh EC authors get paid nothing and they sell no books at all” and I’m not an EC author or have no Fact to base that statment on, it’s not just an Opinion but an incorrect opinion.


Realistic: Tending to or expressing an awareness of things as they really are.

So to say that someone spewing incorrect opinions was only attempting to give a “realistic viewpoint” is wrong.

There are other examples but I’ll bite my tongue about them because I’m really trying to watch what I say (grr).

Yes, I have a bit of an anal nature about words. I’m a word whore and a control freak – I totally admit it. And I promise to never, ever go back to a certain message board, even if I do read it in Karen’s blog and I’m dying to go. It’s not good for my blood pressure.

4 comments to “Words Have Meaning”

  1. Lyn Cash
    May 23rd, 2006 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Was that not the biggest load of crap disguised as fact?! – lol. That is, before Tina/Jaid tromped her. I hope I’m never arrogant enough to believe that I know what another person’s business grosses if I’m not even one of their employees. *wry grin* I really don’t think she thought it through before she popped off…if she’d known Jaid would be there (but c’mon…of course, she would – lol), perhaps she wouldn’t have been quite so vocal. I’ll give the author props for having balls to state her opinion, but she loses ’em for distorting her own truths to validate her opinion. There’s that word again. Wonder if she learned the difference after that thread snowballed? *g*

  2. Lauren Dane
    May 23rd, 2006 at 3:46 pm · Link

    Well she went on to attack Lydia Joyce later on about historicals too.

    I was sort of bemused until she told Tina she had to scan her royalty statements to prove that she sold books! The unmitigated gall of that stunned me.

    Ah well, not only has she pissed off EC authors and Lydia Joyce fans but her comments that 60K a year was nothing is going to offend the majority of Americans whose median income is 42K as a household and 22K individual.

  3. Ciar Cullen
    May 23rd, 2006 at 4:27 pm · Link

    LOL someone is making 60K a year writing? OMG, and complaining about it. I don’t think I can stand to go visit that post. You know, sometimes you don’t have to bite your tongue. I’m glad you posted this. People are spiteful and vicious sometimes. Good for you for taking a poke at setting the record straight!

  4. Candice Gilmer
    May 23rd, 2006 at 9:40 pm · Link

    Yeah, I was rather, uh, sickened that 60K a year wasn’t “enough” to be a writer……..

    Dude, I have one book that’s coming out this summer, my first book from a small publisher (happy dance — sorry, forgot myself there), and I’ll be estatic if I get a $500 royalties check.

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