Friday, March 17, 2006

Who's down with OED? Not Supreme Court clerks, apparently.

Does Justice Stevens hire time travelers from A.D. 1750? If not, what's the deal with the use of "incredulous" in this email when any inhabitant of our century would use the more conventional "incredible"?

From the OED:

1. Unbelieving; not ready to believe; sceptical. Formerly used of religious unbelief, but no longer applicable in that sense. Const. of, rarely to.

b. Of action, etc.: Indicating or prompted by incredulity.

2. Not to be believed; = INCREDIBLE. Obs. (Last usage noted in date chart: 1750)

b. as adv. = INCREDIBLY. Obs.

(h/t to emailer Liam, who knew I'd have the chutzpah to call out someone for something this nit-picky.)
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