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@Chris Wallace; you make a good point. DRY principle is probably a better way to describe what is happening. However, I was simply expanding on what others, such as Nicole Sullivan & Jeff Croft, have been talking about. They talk about the object-oriented CSS concept and I think it is known within the industry now (although this doesn’t detract from the misuse).

@Ben Callahan I feel your reluctance on this issue – I really do! Since working in the industry I’ve learnt that you need to make certain compromises. The compromise of adding a few non-semantic classnames to your beautifully semantic HTML (!important;) is not only a very minor misdemeanour, but also helps build code-reusability, gain consistency throughout your website/application & can dramatically improve development time.