On May 2, 2006, at 5:11 PM, Ray Saintonge wrote:
what connotations does "cruft" carry other than something
being low-quality or otherwise worthy of deletion?
The connotation that anything contributed by the person who put the
material there is worthless.
How? "Cruft" refers to the content in question. I've contributed
cruft. I have never taken it to have that connotation, and unlike
many of us here, I have participated in AfD quite a bit in the past.
That kind of literalism allows me to be as stupid as the circumstances
require. It's a fine rhetorical tactic.
Using a more common example: The literal approach is that if I say that
a comment you have made is a lie it is not the same as calling you a
liar. The connotation that you are a liar is there but not the denotation.