Thursday, September 27, 2007

one of these things

is not like the other....

I'm not sure who put the new subtitle on the blog, but I have a suspicion.

adjective, adjective, adjective, noun?

4 comments:

Macon said...

I offer this article as proof that (a) the word is used appropriately, and (b) Walter is a beets.

Paul said...

I don't think the WSJ guy got it right either. (Sorry, just doing my job.)

Walter said...

on the dictionary.com site we've got a fourth definition that has it as an adjective:

–noun
1. a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are.
2. an artist or a writer whose work is characterized by realism.
3. Philosophy. an adherent of realism.
–adjective
4. of or pertaining to realism or to a person who embodies its principles or practices: the realist approach to social ills; realist paintings.

I take comfort in knowing, though, that there's a way to read it where Macon is still wrong.

Paul said...

Ooops. Webster's New International Unabridged Second Edition allows adjective use as well. But, Walter, you have a lot to work with, so don't loose heart.