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.