Posted by R. Berg on February 20, 2003
In Reply to: Point made? posted by ESC on February 20, 2003
: : Before I ask my question, I'd like to cite a passage from a text (in brief): "And consider for a moment the rate at which this new technology is not only accessible, but affordable. In less than two years, we've witnessed the emergence of (then there's a list of new technologies)... Point made?"
: : Could you tell me what does that "point made?" mean? And what is its full form?
: : Thank you.
: My opinion -- it's a shorten form of "You've made your point." Proved what you were saying. Point as in 2b below.
: From Merriam-Webster online
: Main Entry: 1point
: Pronunciation: 'point
: Function: noun
: Etymology: Middle English, partly from Old French, puncture, small spot, point in time or space, from Latin punctum, from neuter of punctus, pp. of pungere to prick; partly from Old French pointe sharp end, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin puncta, from Latin, feminine of punctus, past participle -- more at PUNGENT
: Date: 13th century
: 1 a : an individual detail : ITEM : a distinguishing detail b : the most important essential in a discussion or matter
In the quoted text, if the question mark after "Point made" is indeed in the original, the expression means "Have I made my point?"--have I shown you enough evidence?
- Point made? ESC 02/21/03