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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2005-11-21 12:36:15

From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'imperial evidence' for 'empirical evidence'

‘Imperial’ and ‘empirical’ often switch places; just in this context I found 600+ ghits. Is it a subtle comment about the oppressiveness of facts? (And can some linguist out there explain to me why ‘empirical’ is not the adjectival form of ‘empire’?). Examples:

“It’s just not supported by imperial evidence. We have a sworn affidavit by the
State Legal Analyst that the measure would have very little state costs. db/issues/96/10.29/news.prop211.html

And I am certain (despite having no imperial evidence) that they would reverse
their position if they personally knew any of us.

But Commissioner Mitchell reacted swiftly to the story, describing it as “malicious,unfounded and contained no iota of imperial evidence,” ... Writ%20of%20arrest%20out%20for%20New%20Broom.htm

The only beliefs that will stand up are beliefs that give you strong imperialevidence.

Imperial evidence from the Low Pay Unit shows that although the minimum wage has
given low-income earners a fair wage and does not decrease the employment … __Economics/Economics/Micro-economics/

She has gathered imperial evidence, interviewed professionals, and formed her hypothesis. Now she needs to test the validity of her conclusions in the field.



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