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#1 2005-11-21 17:36:15

klakritz
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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.
www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/ 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.
www.acepilots.com/mt/2005/08/01/

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

The only beliefs that will stand up are beliefs that give you strong imperialevidence.
papercamp.com/phil19.htm

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 …
www.acumenenterprise.com/Finance_ __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.
www.wordweaving.com/reviewmay08_02.html

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