[LMB] Attract vs. chased

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Sun Sep 6 23:10:20 BST 2015


> On Sep 6, 2015, at 3:49 PM, Sylvia McIvers <sylviamcivers at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> The word “chase” has lots of different levels of meaning here.
> 
> 
> No, it doesn't.  Chase means you're running after someone who is RUNNING
> AWAY AND WANTS TO AVOID YOU.  Unless you modify the word to say 'playfully
> chasing'  and make it clear that the chasee is being careful not to run to
> fast, a la Nanny Ogg.

That’s one definition, which allows you to say:

> Betriz was not 'chasing' Caz, she clear about her intentions and his
> objections were mostly, "I'm old and dying" and she didn't care.

Not many words have only one definition without subtleties.     Well, they do in arguments, but not in real life.


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