Your dictionary is your friend (especially for the illiterate)

I just had an interesting exchange over on my business blog. I wrote a post that someone from a vendor disagreed with (it was a bit controversial in areas), and he called my statements “vacuous” in a public comment on the post. I emailed privately to him and said that I found “vacuous” to be a bit harsh, and he replied with a snippy “well, what word do you suggest, Sandy?” Later, he sent a follow-up email to say that I could replace “vacuous” with “loose”, and I replied that “vacuous” is usually defined as “lacking in intelligence”, not “loose”.

Turns out that Mr. Rocket Scientist didn’t actually know that…

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