reply to post by Agree2Disagree
Just because a word has multiple meanings, does not mean that you can use all of them at once.
If you cannot see that there is a difference between, discriminating and differentiating, I'm afraid we are in much more trouble than your post
Here is proof, I can differentiate that blue and red are different colors(I can see that they are different colors) but I do not discriminate against
those colors because I have no reason to. Now if society or my own superstitions, gave me reason to think that red is the color of evil. I would
both be differentiating and actively discriminating between the two.
I dont know if you are just trying to be cute in saying there is no difference between those two words but you honestly see no difference between
differentiating and discriminating, you need to do a little research into the way language is used.
Those words can be used interchangeably in certain contexts but that does not mean that all of their definitions can be used in every context at all
Here is another example of how words can have multiple meanings, I can say that one football team "killed" another, but I do not mean that one team
actually murdered the other team. In this context "killed" means beat the other team.
Another example is the word dense.
Dense \Dense\, a. [L. densus; akin to Gr. ? thick with hair or leaves: cf. F. dense.]
1. Having the constituent parts massed or crowded together; close; compact; thick; containing much matter in a small space; heavy; opaque; as, a dense
crowd; a dense forest; a dense fog. [1913 Webster]
All sorts of bodies, firm and fluid, dense and rare. --Ray. [1913 Webster]
To replace the cloudy barrier dense. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]
2. Stupid; gross; crass; as, dense ignorance. [1913 Webster]
Multiple definitions but they can not be used interchangeably in certain contexts. The word has vastly different meanings depending on the context in
which it is used.
[edit on 7-12-2009 by iamcamouflage]