Re: bootrom & coldfire - basic doubts
- From: Wayne Farmer <usenet@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 13:05:36 -0800 (PST)
On Jan 16, 10:45 am, msg <msg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I am a newbie to coldfire version processor's & serial flash. I have few
> basic doubts which I want to share.
I am genuinely interested to learn how the use of 'doubt' in English as
used in India came to be a substitute for 'question'? No disrespect
intended. I see this frequently in newsgroup posts from India and have
never seen an explanation that discusses etymology, culture, teaching
or regional usage. To a native of the U.S., 'doubt' connotes suspicion,
distrust or contesting a fact, 'question' connotes an inquiry of facts,
which is what your post is about.
Do you ever say "I have a few basic questions which I want to share?"
or is this usage uncommon?
The American Heritage Dictionary at http://www.bartleby.com/61/93/D0359300.html
offers "3. A point about which one is uncertain or skeptical" as one
definition for "doubt", but most dictionaries seem to emphasize the
distrust aspect. You might find more at http://onelook.com/ .