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OK so it's a technically-justifiable error on your part. It is possible to construe Frank's phrase thus; however, most of us would have understood that he's talking about Ireland's role in the EU (this possibility seems to have escaped you, but it seems grammatically plausible).

As for "Ukraine's civil war"... let me try to understand...
In what respect are Putin's armed forces Ukrainian? Are you arguing that they are proxies or allies of the People's Puppet Republics of the Donbass?

Or are you defining a "civil war" as any war that takes place within the boundaries of a single country? As an example, when Poland was invaded from east and west in 1940, is that a "civil war" according to your definition?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 06:06:18 PM EST
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That's mighty white of you. Thanks. Is *-English your first, second, third, or fourth language?

I try to resolve one topic at a time, sir. First, written *-Eng syntax, then spoken *-Eng, often expressing time-sensitive connotation to, ahem, "heritage speakers" conversant with *-Eng. diction. And perhaps, one day, libraries of proprietary computer code d/b/a artificial intelligence.

Are you aware of contextual-sensitive DICTION CORNER comments that I have published, whenever I detect ambiguous usage of *-English words--particularly legal, NOT MILITARY, terms of art--by anglophone "columnists" purporting to translate effects of US American political economy into vocabulary meaningful to the most ignorant, litigious "content consumers" on the planet?

I cannot confidently speak either to socially acceptable or poetic instrumentality of other languages, including but not limited to psycho (eg. Nobel bounded rationality). So I don't. OK, well, until organizational hygienists of western civilization careen so far from "experimental anthropology" as to invite ridicule.
archived Fri Jan 25th, 2019

A number of publishers offer digital and electronic reference defining "civil", "war," and "civil war" should you be confused as to semantic fit with sundry, contemporary hostilities in progress in places beyond your department apartment.

by Cat on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 07:18:55 PM EST
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English [New Zealand] is my first language, and my only language until age 25 or so. My English is likely influenced by the fact that French is the lingua franca where I've been living (mostly) since that distant time. For the last 25 years, approximately, I've been engaged in on-line discussion in English, generally with a population of majority American English locutors. I have actively resisted the americanisation of my means of expression; however I daresay I understand American writers at least as well, on average, as they understand each other. Likewise concerning locutors of French.

Concerning the "civil war" in Ukraine, I truly wish to learn your reasoning. I understand that, for example, a patriot of the Confederacy might have rejected the term concerning their war with the Union, considering that it was, on the contrary, a war between two sovereign nations. If this is the analogy that you are referencing, do you consider any war between entities within the former Soviet Union to be a "civil war"? For example, Azerbaijan / Armenia?

Or what? Not wishing to put words in your mouth (but, clearly, fishing)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 07:42:25 PM EST
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