July 19th, 2005

userinfo senji
2005/07/19 16:47:00 - How to liven up your business speak #46

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userinfo king_of_wrong
2005/07/20 08:28:41
Well, how about "area"? Or "locale"? "dominion"? "realm"? "sector"? "division"? I guess I see no value to neologisms, particularly ones that bastardise the language, to cover the obivous - and it is obvious that doing business in For'n Parts requires different techniques.

Geography is a singular noun because it refers to a single academic subject: describing the land. All of the land, not just a small bit of it. That's also why you have cartography but maps: one subject, many products. Unless and until there different kinds of geography that can be applied to any particular area, geography is not pluralised.
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userinfo slakko
2005/07/21 11:42:43
Geography is a singular noun

The good people at Merriam-Webster might have something to say about that.

Main Entry: ge·og·ra·phy
Pronunciation: jE-'ä-gr&-fE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -phies
Etymology: Latin geographia, from Greek geOgraphia, from geOgraphein to describe the earth's surface, from geO- + graphein to write -- more at CARVE
1 : a science that deals with the description, distribution, and interaction of the diverse physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth's surface
2 : the geographic features of an area
3 : a treatise on geography
4 : a delineation or systematic arrangement of constituent elements : CONFIGURATION the philosophers ... have tried to construct geographies of human reason -- Times Literary Supplement

Not that that definition does much to back up my argument, either.
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userinfo king_of_wrong
2005/07/21 14:36:21
It does a fair bit to make philosophers and writers of literary supplements look like prats, though, which is probably a good thing... ;)
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