Sunday, November 8, 2009

Infrequently Asked Questions

A nice example of a linguistic construction is Frequently Asked Questions because, as far as I can tell from the lists of questions on most of these pages, they are almost cerytainly NOT frequently asked at all. I've never once seen a page that lists the number of times a particular question has been asked nor any discussion of the method of counting said frequency. It simply goes without saying that "Frequently Asked Questions" are simply those that the creator of the page either a) perceives as important or b) wants readers to think about (some are clearly designed by marketers to push certain points of view).

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