Re: Large Ballot Redux

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed Jun 02 2004 - 10:48:46 CDT

At 10:21 AM -0400 6/2/04, David Mertz wrote:
>However, a misuse seems to have crept across OVC:
>
> straw man
> 1. A person who is set up as cover or a front for a questionable
> enterprise.
> 2. An argument or opponent set up so as to be easily refuted or
> defeated.
> 3. A bundle of straw made into the likeness of a man and often
> used as a scarecrow.
> --------------------
> The American Heritage (r) Concise Dictionary of the English Language,
> Third Edition. Copyright (c) 1992 Houghton Mifflin Company.
>
>The second listed sense is the one I see most often, by far (when used
>right). A word for Charlie's note (and those from Arthur, Alan), might
>be "hypothetical" or "proposed."

I beg to differ. See: http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Straw_man

Decision making

A "straw-man proposal" is a simple draft proposal intended to
generate discussion of its disadvantages and to provoke the
generation of new, better, proposals. As the document is revised, it
may be given other edition names such as "iron-man", etc.

Best regards,
Arthur

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