Thursday, August 29, 2013
Infer does not mean "imply". We have a perfectly good word for "imply", and it's "imply". Inferring is not "implying", rather it is the unpacking of what is implied. "Implying" and "inferring" are NOT synonyms, people, they are opposites like "giving" and "receiving." And I don't care what the New Dictionaries say. The New Dictionaries are merely detailing our ever accelerating descent into babble. If you wish to slow down that descent a bit, then do NOT use "infer" when you mean "imply". Got that? I hope so.