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#1
So there I was, browsing the interblags and I was wondering, "how does the dictionary define the word 'is'"

Well, to my dismay, when I googled is, there was no quick dictionary definition in the corner like ususal.

Rather, I got

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for a result. None of these relating to the word 'is'

So I googled 'is dictionary' and the browser completely scraps the word 'is'

So I look up 'is' in the dictionary, and the first definition is
–verb 1.3rd pers. sing. pres. indic. of be.
luckily, be has like, 58 results, so that's no problem, but what the heck do 'pres.' and 'indic.' mean?


Damn dictionary.com abbreviating it words into absurdity.
 

ExpectantlyIronic

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#4
This reminds of E-Prime, which is a modification of the English language, that simply eliminates the verb form "to be". Supposedly, it makes it a lot harder to use the language to vague and deceitful ends. So instead of saying "that bird is blue," you might say "that bird looks blue."
 
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#5
This reminds of E-Prime, which is a modification of the English language, that simply eliminates the verb form "to be". Supposedly, it makes it a lot harder to use the language to vague and deceitful ends. So instead of saying "that bird is blue," you might say "that bird appears blue."
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That seems like it makes for an interesting exercise for discussion.
 
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Obsessiforge

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#6
yeah, shakespeare would have had trouble with E. Prime though...
"to exist, or not to exist? that....is...DAMMIT!"