Talk:abstinence only

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abstinence only[edit]

Doesn't really look like a noun to me. The adjective form seems to exist, but only hyphenated. SemperBlotto 08:24, 23 December 2007 (UTC)

Agreed, not a noun. But even as a noun the definition is silly. It is not a form of education, it is a lifestyle choice, and there is no such thing as a Puritan country.--Dmol 19:06, 23 December 2007 (UTC)

It seems to be used as a noun as well as an adjective, judging from Google News. It's the kind of term I would put in quotes because it can be misread with the "only" read as modifying some other word. Unfortunately said quotes are called "scare quotes" and are deemed a kind of pejorative editorial commentary on the words quoted. It clearly refers to one approach to sex ed. Since schools like to think that they teach about life, it should not be too surprising that a name for a curriculum component is the same as the name for a "lifestyle choice", a "manifestation of God's will", a "moral choice", or what have you. Other than the clause about the "Puritan country", the definition seems minimally adequate. Do we really want to do a full RfV for this, both noun and adj., with and without hyphen for each ? Why not limit it to the noun, both hyphenated and not? I guess that we do have to establish that it's been in use for more than a year, though that should be easy. DCDuring 19:27, 23 December 2007 (UTC)
Cited noun sense (non-hyphenated), all from g.b.c. Plenty more available, mostly from News. DCDuring 23:52, 23 December 2007 (UTC)

OK, but can we get rid of the first definition as it is meaningless.--Dmol 19:29, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

I agree it ought to be removed. The RfV process is supposed to run 30 days (or longer). I can't see anyone supporting the gratuitous clause about Puritanism. I am not sure on what grounds we would do a radical edit of something during the 30-day period without a broad consensus. As I am not an admin, I don't undertake deletions or even much subtractive editing. I expect that there will be some kind of clean-up shortly. DCDuring 22:00, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Noun sense passed; rfv tag changed to rfv-sense.—msh210 21:37, 20 March 2008 (UTC)