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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Detritus » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:09 pm

Dust Mite Rodeo wrote:The words "higgledy-piggledy" aren't used nearly enough, in my opinion.

I agree. It's like the phrase ran pell-mell right out of our vocabulary.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby city2countrygal » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:23 pm

fennel wrote: . . . Polaroid Swinger®.

FYI "Fennel"

You don't need to use a trademark symbol in running text.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7k2uwJmwxo

I'll buy that for "nineteen dollars and ninety-five"

Sidenote: I love Ali McGraw. Her yoga "tape" (as in VHS) was the first one I owned. Ever read Love Story or see the movie?

"Zip IT Off"
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Lily » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:53 pm

ilikebeans wrote:Image


Like, OMG, I so totally agree. Like, you know what I'm saying? That is so freakin' awesome. Like, you know? Whatever.
(pause in sarcasm)
Yes, I work on campus...
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby bleurose » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:56 pm

"organic". Particularly when applied to fruits, vegetables, meat, etc. Last I looked, they all contained carbon and were, by definition, organic.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby rabble » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:09 pm

Does anyone remember what "begs the question" used to mean?
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby jman111 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:23 pm

rabble wrote:Does anyone remember what "begs the question" used to mean?

It's amazing how its use has become almost exclusively incorrect.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby fennel » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:52 pm

bleurose wrote:"organic". Particularly when applied to fruits, vegetables, meat, etc. Last I looked, they all contained carbon and were, by definition, organic.
Oh, c'mon. They're from two distinct domains. Organic chemistry isn't likely to be confused with organic pesticides, for example.

It's like ontology as a philosophical domain versus the relatively recent ontology in information science. (The latter is pretty goofy, I admit.)
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby rabble » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:48 pm

jman111 wrote:
rabble wrote:Does anyone remember what "begs the question" used to mean?

It's amazing how its use has become almost exclusively incorrect.

And we all know what we have to do when that happens.

I think it was 1987 that they changed the definition. It now means "raises the question" as well as circular reasoning. I think "begging the question" still has only one meaning.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Broadsheet » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:13 am

A phrase I hear all the time on TV should be banned: "That's not going to happen." It's used in place of "I refuse," or simply "no." It removes personal responsibility. It has a kind of extra arrogance to it, suggesting the speaker controls the entire situation.

Another curious phrase is "needs to" in place of "must." As in, "Anyone who wants to vote needs to register." It avoids saying something is required.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby bdog » Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:30 am

Broadsheet wrote:Another curious phrase is "needs to" in place of "must." As in, "Anyone who wants to vote needs to register." It avoids saying something is required.

Agreed. It is like the difference between

"It places the lotion in the basket"

and

"Put the fucking lotion in the basket!"
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby snoqueen » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:24 am

fennel wrote:
bleurose wrote:"organic". Particularly when applied to fruits, vegetables, meat, etc. Last I looked, they all contained carbon and were, by definition, organic.
Oh, c'mon. They're from two distinct domains....


Actually, the term organic as applied to food (and certain health and beauty products) is specifically defined by the USDA, and any farmers or food processors who want to label their products as such must meet specific standards.

There's not a lot of chance to confuse organic food "organic" with organic chemistry "organic" in actual usage.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby jonnygothispen » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:04 pm

"Presidential Debate" should be "Live political ads!" "Won the debate" should be "Lied the most w/o being called out."
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby doppel » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:13 am

Gate. The five day coverup and movie blaming as "Benghazi-Gate". What did the President know and when did he know it? As in its latest application, Beyonce's "Lipgate". Did she sing and when did she record it? Watergate was 40 fucking years ago. Time to give it up.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby pjbogart » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:40 am

Oh man, I was so sure it was going to be "douche".
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Mad Howler » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:41 am

pjbogart wrote:Oh man, I was so sure it was going to be "douche".


You are half right. The bag part for some reason has dropped out of favor lately, I think this to be shameful.
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