# "Nearly Infallible"

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Kittamaru, Jul 26, 2017.

1. ### The GodValued Senior Member

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I liked this approaching aspect. Good one. We all knew, even kittamaru understood the point, but none could express it so mathematically clear.

3. ### KittamaruAshes to ashes, dust to dust. Adieu, Sciforums.Valued Senior Member

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MR said that "nearly infallible" is impossible - my point is to determine if that is accurate (as he claims) or not (as I claim).

Which is what I had thought as well.

Lol, fair enough! T'would seem, then, that its usage determines the criteria for correctness. The particular usage that spawned this thread was:
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It appears to be, at least in my understanding, an attempt to re-define words to fit the desired narrative.

Hm, a fair enough assessment, if a bit more black and white than shades of grey, but I like it

5. ### sculptorValued Senior Member

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nearly infallible

if infallible = perfect
then
I am a shooter
I hit at least 98% of my targets
I ain't perfect(infallible)
but I do come close
"nearly infallible"
seems easier to think of than "almost perfect"

(the army went with "expert"--------) (the meaning of which remained unexplained)

ok
so
I'll go with "My marksmanship is nearly infallible" with no regrets

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ain't no black and white, all is/are grey scales.

7. ### sideshowbobSorry, wrong number.Valued Senior Member

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One is one. It's either one or not. But there's nothing wrong with nearly one.

8. ### BaldeeeValued Senior Member

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Full is full.
It's either full or not.

Can a glass ever be "nearly full"?
Oh, the ridiculousness of it!

9. ### RandwolfIgnorance killed the catValued Senior Member

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Only the gravest of matters are pondered on Sci.

Oh, the profundity of it all!

The humanity...

10. ### Michael 345New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldlValued Senior Member

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I can go with nearly full

If say a container holds 100 litres and there are 99.99 litres in the container I have no problem accepting it as nearly full

It only suggest a closeness to a full state

Something can be almost impossible which stands for

with a bit more effort it will be possible

suggesting it has been done but very infrequently

However it does not work in reverse so to speak

Almost possible seems to indicate a knowledge of how it done which begs the question well why hasn't it been done?

Damn I broke my own rule I was only going to make one post here

New rule

Will only make 2 post here

11. ### sideshowbobSorry, wrong number.Valued Senior Member

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Can you ever be near new York City?

Of course the glass can be nearly full - not full but near to full.

12. ### The GodValued Senior Member

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Let's change a bit, can the qualifier "nearly" be used with infallible?

It's like "nearly genius" or "nearly honest" if used to describe a person. Appears quite improper.

If at all it is ok to use qualifier here, then should it not be "almost infallible"?

13. ### exchemistValued Senior Member

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What I think we are all struggling to articulate is that some adjectives are "non-comparable". Infallible and unique are examples. That means you cannot have "more" infallible or unique, or "very" infallible or unique.

But you can perfectly well have "nearly" infallible or unique, as that is not a comparative construction. It is simply that the thing in question is very close to being in a state such that the term can be applied, or that the inaccuracy implied in applying it is small.

14. ### The GodValued Senior Member

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I do not know why baldee feels that nearly full is a problem, full represents quantity here. We can say nearly full or almost full. It's like nearly empty or almost empty....much more prevalent than nearly infallible.

15. ### sideshowbobSorry, wrong number.Valued Senior Member

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"Nearly genius" is one IQ point below genius. "Nearly honest" is occasionally dishonest.

16. ### DywyddyrPenguinaciously duckalicious.Valued Senior Member

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It's a nearly interesting argument...

17. ### BaldeeeValued Senior Member

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Baldeee doesn't have a problem with it.
You seem to be missing the

that was included to signify (at least I hoped it would) that it was clearly intended as sarcasm.

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18. ### The GodValued Senior Member

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Oh, he is nearly honest, it is just that he was caught bribing a policeman!

19. ### Michael 345New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldlValued Senior Member

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Near genius OK ✓
Near honest NO X

Best near honest is ~ approx little dishonest

New rule only 3 post here

20. ### sculptorValued Senior Member

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I tried that once circa 45 years ago when I handed the policeman my drivers licence with a $100. bill attached. (for speeding---my 3rd that year---at the time 3 speeding tickets within 1 year = lose your drivers licence) He didn't want it and returned the$, while blocking the view of his partner, and saying: "Put that away and don't try that again". So, I went to court and gave $50. to a lawyer who whispered something to the judge who admonished me to slow down and dismissed the case. If the time I spent going to court was worth$50. then I came out even.
I did not think offering the cop the \$100. was dishonest, just expeditious.

EDIT - fixed LaTeX formatting. -Kittamaru

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21. ### sideshowbobSorry, wrong number.Valued Senior Member

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Honesty is necessarily approximate. There is no way to accurately measure it, so "nearly honest" is a valid approximation.

22. ### StrangerInAStrangeLandSubQuantum MechanicValued Senior Member

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She nearly fell in love with him.

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That does not sound right but I hate the word almost.