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 Post subject: Re: Burapha University Gem Lab
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:43 pm 
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if the Gemological report does not come from an internationally acclaimed laboratory, then it is probably in my best interest to pass on the certification

At the risk of repeating myself, there are no gemological labs which "certify" anything. They simply supply their educated opinions, based on the sophistication of their instrumentation and their interpretation of test results.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:00 pm 
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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
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if the Gemological report does not come from an internationally acclaimed laboratory, then it is probably in my best interest to pass on the certification

At the risk of repeating myself, there are no gemological labs which "certify" anything. They simply supply their educated opinions, based on the sophistication of their instrumentation and their interpretation of test results.


Barbara,

Thank you for the reminder, my mistake is duly noted. I am still kinda new to this forum. sometimes I communicate better with rocks than I do people. :)

what I meant was, that if a person has doubts as to the credibility of a gemological report, it could be a wise decision to get a second opinion from a source they trust.


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 Post subject: Re: Burapha University Gem Lab
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Yes, think in terms of reports instead of certificates.

I can see how definitions could confuse matters though. For example the first definition of "certified" according to the online Merriam/ Webster dictionary linked below.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certified


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i guess Merriam Webster got their definition from the American Gem Society....they "certify" their gemmos.


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Dictionaries write their definitions based on popular usage. That's how verbal atrocities like "irregardless" came to be enshrined in their pages. Coming soon: "anyways" and "then" instead of "than."

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:59 pm 
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Rom,
I've noticed the misuse of then/than quite frequently lately, even by columnists and professional publications. It's a minor annoyance/curiosity to me.

I'm often grammatically lazy but, I've noticed an increasing lack of proofreading in my local newspaper and other professional publications. Someone on strike? Maybe the first signs of our new texting and tweeting generation.

Not a thread hijack. I think the issue has been resolved. :)


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JB, I don't know the full answer. Part of the problem may be computer spell-checkers. They only determine whether a word is spelled correctly, not if it's the correct word in that context. There's a terrible problem with homonyms like "there," "they're," "their," etc. and proper use of the apostrophe is a lost cause. Also, corrupted words used in texting find their way into general use.

On the whole I think contemporary Americans care less about proper use of language than they once did. It isn't emphasized in schools and seems to be mocked as "putting on airs" in popular culture. But language is constantly changing and dictionaries reflect those changes.

Consider Shakespeare. Some say he invented over 1700 of our common words by changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, and devising words that were wholly original. I try to adapt to current changes but I still think "irregardless" is an abomination. :lol:

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