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Member Rara Avis
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0 posted 01-21-2002 02:58 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher
Usage Note: Paradigm first appeared in English in the 15th century, meaning “an example or pattern,” and it still bears this meaning today: Their company is a paradigm of the small high-tech firms that have recently sprung up in this area. For nearly 400 years paradigm has also been applied to the patterns of inflections that are used to sort the verbs, nouns, and other parts of speech of a language into groups that are more easily studied. Since the 1960s, paradigm has been used in science to refer to a theoretical framework, as when Nobel Laureate David Baltimore cited the work of two colleagues that “really established a new paradigm for our understanding of the causation of cancer.” Thereafter, researchers in many different fields, including sociology and literary criticism, often saw themselves as working in or trying to break out of paradigms. Applications of the term in other contexts show that it can sometimes be used more loosely to mean “the prevailing view of things.” The Usage Panel splits down the middle on these nonscientific uses of paradigm. Fifty-two percent disapprove of the sentence The paradigm governing international competition and competitiveness has shifted dramatically in the last three decades.
Interesting. One of my favorite words! Thoughts?

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1 posted 01-31-2002 09:16 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn


yeah yeah blah blah?


(ps - Look up androgynous, can you find a similar speil? of my favourite words...lots of multi-layered contexts over that one...)

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2 posted 02-01-2002 07:48 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

thinking ... deep
thinking ... shallow

run silent ... run deep...
run shallow ... run steep ...

well it is an interesting 'paradigm'indeed...

taking about favourite words,
many people love the word "Money"... but never seem to have enough of it...

more interesting?


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There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar.

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4 posted 02-03-2003 07:29 PM       View Profile for poohbear19   Email poohbear19   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poohbear19

Paradigms are cool! I am an assistant for a 9th grade english class at my school and they did paradigms I thought it was a fun lesson but they didn't like it....I don't think anyways.

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