Originally Posted by addabox
I guess if you can't discern the differences among "allegedly dating", "supposedly dating" and "rumored to be dating" we don't have anything to talk about.
For what it's worth, I discern differences between the three words (or phrases) "allegedly", "supposedly", and "rumored to be", and those differences are a matter of strength of conviction (by the source) as opposed to whether the supposed event is one of wrongdoing.
For me, "allegedly" involves an assertion, "supposedly" involves someone just supposing something, or otherwise speculating, and "rumored to be" might as well just be spreading gossip. I have seen AI use these three different words in the past, and I think they generally get them right.
I think that it's fine that you have joined the discussion in defense of the good Dr Millmoss. At the risk of braying like a graceless donkey, I'd like to point out that some of the relentless pursuit of this issue was brought on by Dr Millmoss' arrogant request that I consult a dictionary followed by his disdain towards the results of my having done so. Disregard for my opinion (as well as that of others) dripped from every single post of his since the moment I engaged. I do regret, however, that one additional post about whether he would respond. It was, in fact, uncalled for. And I apologize for that.