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Does "prolonging the scacely endurable misery" mean "prolonging the often short-lived misery"?

 
 
Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 12:32 pm


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Isn't it time we admitted that this arithmetic of souls does not make any sense? The naive idea of souls in Petri dish is intellectually indefensible. It is also morally indefensible, given that it now stands in the way of some of the most promising research in the history of medicine. Your beliefs about the human soul are, at this very moment, prolonging the scacely endurable misery of tens of millions of human beings.
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 01:32 pm
@oristarA,
(Non-native speaker alert)

"Endurable" means "bearable". "Scarcely endurable" = "almost unbearable".
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 01:39 pm
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:
scacely

1. Scarcely (spelling)
2. Olivier is absolutely correct.

adverb: scarcely

only just; almost not.
"her voice is so low I can scarcely hear what she is saying"
synonyms: hardly, barely, only just;
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 01:40 pm
@contrex,
Merci Contrex. T'es français ?
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 01:49 pm
@Olivier5,
Olivier5 wrote:
Merci Contrext. T'es français ?

Malheureusement non, je suis rosbif de chez rosbif, mais j'aime bien la France, sa langue, sa culture, Indochine (allez Nicola !) et ses eaux embouteillées.
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 01:58 pm
@contrex,
Indochine ! Mon Dieu... ;-)

Tu parles tres bien la langue. Felicitations.
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 02:05 pm
Et toi, tu parles très bien la langue anglaise.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2015 02:08 pm
@contrex,
Thanks, my spelling sucks though. (in French too Smile)
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