Bacchus : Quote (HondaGalToo @ Oct. 28 2003, 11:31am)Quote (luvtolean @ Oct. 28 2003, 1:51pm)Accurate and precise have to be two of the least understood words in the english language. *Even most stupid thesaurus' list them as synonyms. *
oh yeah! *They aren't synonyms. *Sheesh.
Oh, I see the 'grammarian' thread is progressing nicely
Well, I have a copy of 'The Synonym Finder' by J. Rodale (yes, I bought this instead of 'Roget's Thesaurus'). *Anyway, in this
book, at least, precise and accurate are definitely synonyms.
And that book too is wrong.
I think the best analogy is a target you're shooting at.
Precise is hitting the bullseye.
Accurate is a tight grouping of shots, anywhere on the target.
I've actually never found a web dictionary that got it right. But I had an engineering professor that would drop a project a full letter grade every time you misused either word.