That's as useful as saying a "snaxgluff" is the same thing as an
"emwoozle". This could be 100% true, but is still meaningless Defining
an undefined word by reference to another undefined word doesn't
It's amazing that some people spend so much time on artificial
constructs such as "unlawful" and "illegal", yet appear to have no
concept of the world they inhabit where things can be "wrong" or
"harmful" (something which is entirely independent of laws).
If I hit you on the head with a brick, it'd hurt. This has nothing to
do with any laws. I won't hit you on the head with a brick because it
does harm. This has nothing to do with any laws.
On Fri, 26 Oct 2007 11:42:10 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller)
And you appear to have missed the point of that, which you saw and
Very little actual meaning. Essentially, they're descriptions of
things going on in certain people's minds. There's nothing there to
keep those people from being mentally disturbed and having thoughts
with no correspondence to reality.
At one time whisky was illegal. Did that make whisky any different? If
there's something wrought about whisky, it's wrong regardless of what
the law says. Notice how whisky was not changed, just the law.
(considering something else that got snipped), if you had to be hit on
the head with something, would you prefer it to be a brick or a law?
What if they passed a law saying that bricks can't hurt when thrown?
Does the law actually change the brick?
-- Who knows the difference between 'unlawful' and 'illegal'?
- It's amazing that some people spend so much time on artificial
constructs such as "unlawful" and "illegal"...
Did you see my answer to my own question?
unlawful: not lawful
illegal: a sick bird
Please check all groans at the door.
OK, and I have a few more (unrelated to the above) definitions like
asset - a small donkey
ascot - a small donkey's bed
catalog - list of everything you've done with cats
caution - avoid crows
cloe - singular of "clothes"
cold - past tense of "coal"
debut - remove the rear end
delighted - in the dark
detailed - an unnaturally tailless cat
deviled - has had the vile removed
dilate - live a long time
economics - the verbal study of mice
exit - what a hen does after laying
fibula - a small lie
fulfilled - twice as much as halfilled
impeccable - birdproof
layer - hen
newbie - what you get when a bee's egg hatches
number - local anesthetic
politics - a large number of small parasitic animals
retail - help a "detailed" cat
LOL -- what do you mean, "not the actual meaning of the word"?? That's
straight out of a dictionary.
But I guess you know more about the "actual meaning" than the people that put
the dictionary together. Riiiiiiiiight.
By executing the prisoner.
It *also* means "to subject to capital punishment" (cited above).
More nonsense. Law may be many things, but "vague" and "inconsistently
defined" are not among them.
Like that sentence? ROTFLMAO!
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I find it useful to distinguish between 3 cases:
1. required by law
2. "the law is silent on this"
3. prohibited by law
What you said above seems to be using "unlawful" for case 2, while I
often hear it used for case 3, as in someone being arrested for
"unlawful use of a shotgun" (the law specifically prohibited that
I guess "illegal" is how you're distinguishing case 3 from case 2
(above). I wish language was more clear and consistent on that matter.
An additional definition of "legal" is "involving lawyers". That
applies to things like "legal pads" or "legal briefs" (no underwear
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