[ ab-suh-loo-tiv ]
/ ˌæb səˈlu tɪv /
noting or pertaining to the grammatical case or inflectional form of the subject of an intransitive verb and the direct object of a transitive verb in an ergative language such as Inuit.
an absolutive form of a word in an ergative language.
the absolutive case.
Weasel Words And Other Ways We Avoid Telling The TruthMost of us know what the word lying means, but what happens when someone carefully skirts the truth instead of telling a bold-faced whopper? Politicians, in particular, are well known for making use of equivocal language as a way of hiding their true actions.
Where Did The Phrase “Thoughts And Prayers” Come From?While increased attention to the calamities of the world is in theory a good thing, hearing about every single tragedy doesn't necessarily correlate with absolute empathy. At the very least, people—especially politicians—tend to offer up a phrase or two to acknowledge a misfortune. One of the most popular phrases? "Thoughts and prayers."
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