NABOKV-L post 0015553, Mon, 8 Oct 2007 10:05:39 -0400

THOUGHTS: "Obtain" as stuffy academic discourse in PF
As a biologist, the use of the term "obtain" in this context has indeed
always struck me as probably directly lifted from the stuffier type of
paper on biogeography or ecology. If I find more direct examples of this
usage of the term I'll be back to the list.

Peter Hovenkamp

NABOKV-L wrote:
> The paragraph Jansy quoted illustrates Shades' knowledge of
> scientific names, as well as his use of the academic "obtain"
> and technical terms for the local ecology. He probably has
> a lot of formal knowledge of natural history, local and
> European, whether he got it from his parents or Hentzler
> or his own reading.

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