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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:28 am

Unique. I constantly hear people say somewhat unique or very unique. The word unique cannot be modified. It's either unique or it isn't.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Remember_Me » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:34 am

Henry Vilas wrote:Unique. I constantly hear people say somewhat unique or very unique. The word unique cannot be modified. It's either unique or it isn't.


You sure do say that alot Hank.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Ducatista » Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:01 pm

bdog wrote:I know, right?

That was stale five years ago. (But, sadly, still in circulation.)

"Said no one, ever" is aging fast.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:33 pm

Remember_Me wrote:
Henry Vilas wrote:Unique. I constantly hear people say somewhat unique or very unique. The word unique cannot be modified. It's either unique or it isn't.


You sure do say that alot Hank.

Yup. Both are pet peeves on mine. Must be the schoolmarm in me. Good memory on you part.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby gargantua » Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:02 pm

I hope "polarization" will be dumped shortly after the election. I am so tired of hearing about it.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby snoqueen » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:59 am

I'd like it if polarization went away -- literally.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby kurt_w » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:03 am

Maybe this should be in the Curmudgeon thread, but the expression "on the up-and-up" used to mean "honest, legitimate, forthright".

A few people still use it that way, but its usage seems to be devolving into just another a synonym for "increasing". For example, the headline "Real estate on the up and up" with the sub-heading "Real estate in Manatee and Sarasota counties is on the upswing."

So now nobody knows which meaning is meant.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby amused2death » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:58 am

Remember_Me wrote:Ad hominem and red herring seem to encompass entirely new meanings these days also.

Well, at least to their perpetrators anyway.


Couldn't agree more. Would also add troll, straw man, grasping at straws, and any other catch phrase that HV uses on almost every thread that involves someone he disagrees with.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:54 am

amused2death wrote:
Remember_Me wrote:Ad hominem and red herring seem to encompass entirely new meanings these days also.

Well, at least to their perpetrators anyway.


Couldn't agree more. Would also add troll, straw man, grasping at straws, and any other catch phrase that HV uses on almost every thread that involves someone he disagrees with.

So you say. As philosophy was one of my undergraduate majors, I know what an ad hominem is. See above.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby city2countrygal » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:28 am

snoqueen wrote:I'd like it if polarization went away -- literally.

po•lar•i•za•tion

noun \ˌpō-lə-rə-ˈzā-shən\

Definition of POLARIZATION

1: the action of polarizing or state of being or becoming polarized: as
a (1) : the action or process of affecting radiation and especially light so that the vibrations of the wave assume a definite form (2) : the state of radiation affected by this process
b : an increase in the resistance of an electrolytic cell often caused by the deposition of gas on one or both electrodes
c : magnetization

2
a : division into two opposites
b : concentration about opposing extremes of groups or interests formerly ranged on a continuum

First Known Use of POLARIZATION
1812

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I got just one word plus a link for you: Snow Queen

Knut

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knut_(polar_bear)
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby fennel » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:31 am

We've become a nation of polaroids.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby massimo » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:15 pm

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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby city2countrygal » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:03 pm

fennel wrote:We've become a nation of polaroids.

Hmmm...

Did you mean the album or the band? I'll guess the album.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polaroid_(album)#section_1

Love,
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby fennel » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:19 pm

city2countrygal wrote:Did you mean the album or the band? I'll guess the album.
Nay, the Polaroid Swinger®. Black & white only.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:58 pm

The words "higgledy-piggledy" aren't used nearly enough, in my opinion.
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