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June 29, 2006

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You state avow means "to acknowledge without shame.", yet my dictionary makes no reference to this. My dictionary defines avowed as "assert or confess openly". That's all!

Dictionary definitions vary--mine came from Webster's Third International--but I'd argue that ours is a distinction without a difference. My point is that "avow" carries with it a connotation of culpability. A more neutral term, such as "declare," has no such burden.

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