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Re: NY Times story finally scheduled to run - Pla fires

Posted by Nickengland on November 17, 2005, at 15:10:42

In reply to Re: NY Times story finally scheduled to run - Pla Nickengland, posted by fires on November 17, 2005, at 14:20:07

Hi fires

>Although addressed to Amy Harmon, I will make a comment.

No worries :-)

>What verb would you have had her use?

Not really up to me to tell her what to use I guess. - I guess I would have rather further research would have been put into the article - therefore then perhaps the title would have read differently.

>It's clear to me that see didn't use the word in the literal sense of children playing, or playing as in a competive event.

Quick defintions..

noun: the act of playing a musical instrument
noun: the action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation
noun: the performance of a part or role in a drama

Further defitions..

Play

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To engage in sport or lively recreation; to exercise for the sake of amusement; to frolic; to spot.

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To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.

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To contend, or take part, in a game; as, to play ball; hence, to gamble; as, he played for heavy stakes.

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To perform on an instrument of music; as, to play on a flute.

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To act; to behave; to practice deception.

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To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate; to act; as, the fountain plays.

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To move gayly; to wanton; to disport.

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To act on the stage; to personate a character.

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To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump.

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To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ.

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To perform, as a piece of music, on an instrument; as, to play a waltz on the violin.

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To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute; as, to play tricks.

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To act or perform (a play); to represent in music action; as, to play a comedy; also, to act in the character of; to represent by acting; to simulate; to behave like; as, to play King Lear; to play the woman.

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To engage in, or go together with, as a contest for amusement or for a wager or prize; as, to play a game at baseball.

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To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.

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Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols.

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Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game.

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The act or practice of contending for victory, amusement, or a prize, as at dice, cards, or billiards; gaming; as, to lose a fortune in play.

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Action; use; employment; exercise; practice; as, fair play; sword play; a play of wit.

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A dramatic composition; a comedy or tragedy; a composition in which characters are represented by dialogue and action.

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The representation or exhibition of a comedy or tragedy; as, he attends ever play.

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Performance on an instrument of music.

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Motion; movement, regular or irregular; as, the play of a wheel or piston; hence, also, room for motion; free and easy action.

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Hence, liberty of acting; room for enlargement or display; scope; as, to give full play to mirth.

http://www.brainydictionary.com/words/pl/play203760.html

Even more

http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=playing

>To act on the stage; to personate a character.

Acting? Who is acting here? Personate a character - to do that in effect of a policeman is a criminal offense?

Are we criminals then? Whats the perception?

I know what she meant ~ I didn't agree with the generalised tone/perception so to speak - with regards to me personally as a reader, young whom she mentions.

How did you feel it was said? She spoke of young adults in her story...

Kind regards

Nick



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