Posted by ESC on August 05, 2004
In Reply to: Of itself posted by lantis on August 05, 2004
: good night all,
: can you help me with the meaning of "of itself" in the sentence:
: Spoken language interpreters have been at the forefront of explaining this process, which, in and of itself, is not a simple task...
in itself : in its own nature : INTRINSICALLY. Was not in itself bad.
INSTRINSIC -- a. belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing. The intrinsic worth of a gem. The intrinsic brightness of a star.
I understand what is meant. But I'm not sure if I can explain it. It is a way of isolating something -- "explaining the process" without any connected tasks. Just explaining the process alone is not a simple task.