Re: Academic? Long Posting

Subject: Re: Academic? Long Posting
From: John Nowak (
Date: Sun Jun 06 2004 - 07:55:49 EDT

On Jun 6, 2004, at 7:37 AM, jan.larsson wrote:

> In my native language the word "academic" may also mean "theoretical,
> detached from any practical value".
> So it need not refer to the the world of academics. I beleive it is
> the same in the english langage, no?

Language is incredibly context-sensitive. That is certainly one meaning
though of academic in the English language. It's probably not the most
common though. Usually academic is used in a positive light I suspect.
Most people who use academic in a negative manner are people without
college educations. (Or more likely, they're just plain idiots. These
are often the same people who say "artsy fartsy".)

  Then there is of course people like us, talking about a specific
thing, where it has its own meaning... whatever, I'm hungry.

- John

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