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Offline Matthew

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Does not matter vs. Makes no difference
« on: April 07, 2019, 09:53:56 AM »
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  • Does not matter vs. Makes no difference

    For most Americans, choosing between these phrases is six of one, half a dozen of the other! Completely synonymous -- you can flip a coin to pick the right one.

    But there's actually a major difference in meaning between them.

    Will I die at 30, or 80?

    Does not matter. At least in the big picture, what's BY FAR THE MOST important is to remember what life is about: dying in the state of grace and saving our immortal souls.
    But does it make no difference? NO WAY!

    It makes a huge difference how long I live: how much impact I have on the world, on the lives of my children, if I even have any children, how much merit I can gain for heaven, etc.

    See the difference between these two seemingly synonymous phrases?
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    Re: Does not matter vs. Makes no difference
    « Reply #1 on: April 07, 2019, 09:59:05 AM »
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  • Good point, I've often mistakenly used them synonymously. 

    One that always bugs me is when people use "Everything's not" as a synonym for "Not everything." For example: A person might say "Everyone's not good at art!". That would mean that no one is good at art. I think Michelangelo or Caspar Friedrich might have a thing or two to say about that. What the person usually means is "Not everyone is good at art."


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