Talk:inspiration

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Point 3. I think we can do without the divine intervention surely? inspiration will have the same definition regardless of the cause. —This unsigned comment was added by Wonderfool (talkcontribs).

Erm, no, it is archaic perhaps, but certainly a valid definition. --Connel MacKenzie 00:01, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

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Rfv-sense: "Breath"

When I saw this, it took my inspiration away. I had to catch my inspiration. Its simplicity was an inspiration of fresh air. DCDuring TALK 13:01, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

DCDuring's turns-of-phrase are downright inspirationtaking! This sense is not in the OED, The Unabridged Random-House Webster's, or any dictionary at onelook.com. · (talk) 19:29, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
Could it be an error for the first sense (breathing in). I just replaced the French sense 'breath' with 'inspiration' (i.e. breathing in). Mglovesfun (talk) 20:29, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
I had a hand in the challenged sense, I just discovered. It was originally buried in the middle of a long definition copied from Webster 1913 in 2004 (which can be found at OneLook). I split that into three parts in 2009. Maybe there is or was some usage not as silly-sounding as the above casual examples. We might have to look to pre-1913 writings to find it. DCDuring TALK 23:13, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
All the examples relating to breathing that I've found thus far are in a technical sense (and in technical works): inspiration + expiration = respiration. And then it's usually in terms of signs and symptoms: "weak inspiration", "laboured inspiration", "shallow inspiration", &c. –Catsidhe (verba, facta) 23:56, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
Maybe we can interpret sense 1 as an uncountable sense and sense 2 as the corresponding countable sense, which is probably technical. I wonder if the countable sense is also contemporary. DCDuring TALK 00:33, 4 September 2013 (UTC)
Not too easy to cite either sense, but sense 2 is cited and sense 1 has two cites. If nobody disagrees with the notion of one sense being uncountable and the other countable, this could be closed. DCDuring TALK 00:59, 4 September 2013 (UTC)