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To: coloradan
Epidemic can also mean “widely prevalent”.
34 posted on 02/01/2008 8:42:09 PM PST by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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To: Old Seadog

An epidemic of salt shakers? An epidemic of indoor plumbing? An epidemic of clothing? I don’t think so.


48 posted on 02/01/2008 8:54:20 PM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: Old Seadog

That would be ‘endemic’, not ‘epidemic’. Not the best use of the word, but somewhat acceptable.


52 posted on 02/01/2008 9:04:41 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (God wants a Liberal or RINO hanging from every tree. Tar & feathers optional extras.)
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To: Old Seadog
From Merriam Webster's Colligiate Dictionary. Note #2 Main Entry: 1ep·i·dem·ic Pronunciation: e-p-de-mik Function: adjective Etymology: French épidémique, from Middle French, from epidemie, noun, epidemic, from Late Latin epidemia, from Greek epidmia visit, epidemic, from epidmos visiting, epidemic, from epi- + dmos people -- more at DEMAGOGUE Date: 1603 1 : affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time 2 a : excessively prevalent b : CONTAGIOUS 4 3 : of, relating to, or constituting an epidemic
101 posted on 02/02/2008 3:44:34 PM PST by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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