Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Another Language Lesson

In the spirit of Knowing English Good,

I present another language lesson. This one, from Bill Kaminski, is more focused on the meanings of words, rather than sentence structure (emphasis mine):

The Second Amendment states: ``A well regulated militia (a body of citizen soldiers as distinguished from professional soldiers) being necessary to the security (freedom from danger; something that secures or makes safe; protection; defense) of a free state (a politically unified population occupying a specific area of land) the right (in accordance with what is good; proper or just) of the people to keep and bear (to bring or carry) arms (involving the use of weapons) shall not be infringed (to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or trespass.)''

The definitions used in parentheses are from ``The Random House Dictionary of the English Language.''

So simple, so easy.

It's a wonder there's any dispute at all.

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