posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 07:01 PM
Hi, everybody, this is a very un-important question, really, but I wonder about it now and then, and so want to ask about it, finally. It's about the
first sentence in articles, where two types of sentences seem to be used. The one type seems obvious to me, but the other I want to ask if I'm
mistaken in thinking isn't really that proper in an encyclopedia article. Examples: 1) "Red is a color." 2) "Red refers to a color." To explain
what I'm thinking of, in my opinion the first example shows that this will be an article about the color red, whereas the other example indicates
that this will be an article about the word "red".
How's that sound to you? When I think about this (that is, when I see the second type of introduction in an article), my immediate impression is
that, "This isn't a dictionary that talks about words, but is an encyclopedia that talks about issues/objects/phenomena/and so on." I do know that
it's fairly common lots of places to use the "type two" introduction (for example in Wikipedia).
Just wanted to mention this. Any input will be most appreciated.
relentlessly denying ignorance....