Inamples and Examples

What are inamples?

Type “define example” into the Google search bar presumably at the top of your browser window, and you get “a thing characteristic of its kind or illustrating a general rule.” Makes sense, because it’s straightforward, right? Take this statement:

I like fruits. For example, mangoes and grapes.

There was no issue in that statement, correct? Now what would you think if I said the following:

I like fruits. For example, sofas and broccoli.

Does that make any sense? No, I don’t think so. And why doesn’t it make sense? Because like we said, examples have to be inclusive of the thing we are aiming to represent. Did you notice I used “inclusive” not “exclusive” to indicate the relationship? My proposition is that examples be called inamples, since we are including something in our collection. And when someone is being antonym-ical (I’m aware that’s not a word), they may choose to provide examples that are excluded from what they are specifying.


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