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Nouns can often be used in both count and noncount senses. It could be argued that "dog" is strictly a "count" noun, but (in the memorable words of my linguistics prof) how about in this case?
"Rounding the corner on my bicycle, I saw a Volvo encounter a poodle in the worst possible way. All it took was two seconds, and WHAM! -- dog all over the road."
Wouldn't the three instances of "shit" fall into these categories?
And sorry, Merge, but your comments are the worst kind of wrong.

wordsmith247 August 28, 2003, 4:23pm

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I have it on the best authority, from the head of the physics editing department at a large publishing firm in Tokyo, that "savoury" implies salty (she's from New Zealand).
For example: "I don't want cookies, I want something savoury, like potato chips."
Don't you find that when it comes to snacks, your cravings fall along the same lines? Thus, an "opposite" distinction is valid.
Opposites rarely imply ONLY the absence of their counterpart.

wordsmith247 August 28, 2003, 4:13pm

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