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Re: Flammable (was: Early Conlang Archives)

From:Raymond A. Brown <raybrown@...>
Date:Friday, March 12, 1999, 21:39
At 10:24 am -0500 12/3/99, John Cowan wrote:
>Raymond A. Brown wrote: > >> The word seems to be falling into disuse here even in the metaphorical use >> where 'inflammatory' is the usual word. > >So "inflammatory" now covers both parts of the correlation of >"inflammatory rhetoric", that which inflames, vs. "inflammable multitude", >that which is inflamed?
Umm - now you mention it, no. But 'inflammable multitude' I don't think would be used. If the multitude had already been inflamed we would, of course, simply say 'inflamed multitude'; but if it were just excitable, ready to get out of control - I dunno - the obsolete 'inflamable' might, I guess, occasionally be used. I think we'd use some other expression. 'inflammable multitide' seem to suggest a gruesome picture of the whole lot about to go up in flames (literally) or, depending how you understand 'inflammable', wearing asbestos suits :-) Ray.