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February 5, 2009
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Two thoughts ~
In my mind, "moment" is more analogous to "minute" than "second." But more important, it carries with it a sense of being indefinite, which you lose by substituting either of the alternative choices.
From my reading of your comment ~ since my own writing background consists of journalistic, technical and creative writing ~ it also seems that you may be attempting to apply the standards and practices of one of those styles (journalistic or technical) to another (creative).
I accept your original premise of "edgy"'s meaning, but question some of your assertions regarding who might or might not be considered edgy, as well as the precise spot at which you seem to feel "edgy" begins along a given continuum. For example, I would strongly argue that Leonard Bernstein did, in fact, represent "edgy" composition within his sphere and era; and (though I am not a fan) I imagine that Chris Rock would indeed be considered "edgy" by many.
While I accept Porsche's explanation of language evolution in the first instance, I object to the second characterization. If Sri is in fact used as a title with surnames (and I know nothing of Sanskrit), then it appears to this reader that an automated replacement was made in the copy on the assumption ~ in this case false ~ that the reference was to a person. Professionals all need to take responsibility for, and correct, the automated errors created by word processing programs.
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