Conceptual wrote:You mean like the finishing of the contract term?
Saibro posted the definition. How can you aregue about their use of the word after that?
They didn't finish their contract term, nor is a contract necessarily a finite event such as a meal or game of soccer. It is an open-ended and largely arbitrary concept which in this case was also ended prematurely.
His dictionary definition means little in this respect especially since he truncated it from the full entry which also gave contextual examples of proper use.
- To conclude a speech with a quotation from the Bible.
- At the end of the speech he concluded that we had been a fine audience
Words can often be used improperly in natural language even if they seem technically to be appropriate according to a quick scan of a dictionary. Moreso, dictionary definitions are often misleading because dictionaries are rarely definitive nor of the same quality/standing. The Collins definition, for example, says: finish, come to an end
(note: not bring
to an end - a significant difference in real-world use).
An example: Discriminating
. You would never say a type of wine attracts discriminating buyers
when you want to imply it attracts connoisseurs. You'd say discerning buyers
. Yet using only the dictionary definition as a guide it would often make perfect sense to use discriminating
. No-one does because there is a more appropriate word available.
Put simply. A competent writer with a grasp of natural English would not use that word in the manner used in the story headline. I imagine they were trying to avoid using 'terminate' - another word they could have used. While it means exactly what they intended, 'terminate' generally has negative connotations which could easily be read as implying the split was not amicable or over a dispute.
It isn't a major in any case. You can view it however you wish... the topic is more important than the poor quality of written English all to common in F1.