Re: virus: trust and obey

Eric Boyd (
Wed, 17 Mar 1999 18:36:59 -0500


KMO <> writes:
As I understand it, English has its roots in two seperate language traditions which gives us a lot of synonyms.

Yes, and often those words have differentiated from each other, one becoming stronger and the other weaker (or what-have-you). This is exactly why a thesaurus is actually useful -- words with similar meanings are not the same, and often a different word with the same basic meaning gets your point across better.

I would contend that, *in every case*, a sentence which uses "faith" instead of "trust" or "confidence" (or any other related word) expresses a stronger sentiment. You can prove this wrong with just one example.