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Words that have lost their meaning

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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby fisticuffs » Wed May 23, 2012 6:50 pm

Update.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby narcoleptish » Wed May 23, 2012 7:24 pm

Green
Awesome
Friend
Celebrity

I don't know if "Sustainable" has really lost it's meaning but I don't even hear it anymore.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Detritus » Wed May 23, 2012 7:49 pm

Meaning.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby fennel » Wed May 23, 2012 9:02 pm

Reference when used as a verb. I'll give you a pass if you're a military spokesperson when you mention "the conversation he was referencing ..." because I don't expect most talking heads to have a great grasp of standard English. But unless you're talking about referencing a timestamp in a recorded conversation – nope.

For example, one can refer to an idea, but one cannot reference an idea. But one could reference a passage that explains a certain idea. Say, [Puffenstuf H.R., (1971). What He Done Said. Perspectives in Bassomathics, 31(2), 132–139, paragraphs 3-5.

In computer-science speak, one can reference an address in memory. In the legal world, one can reference a Supreme Court decision, or a part thereof, given the proper reference. But one cannot reference the thinking that informed the decision. That can't be addressed with any specificity. And so it can't be referenced.

Think of a reference as a citation. It's very specific. The verbing of that nound is tightly bound. But if you want only to refer to something, you have much more latitude.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Detritus » Wed May 23, 2012 9:51 pm

Cornbread.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby doppel » Wed May 23, 2012 10:37 pm

Whatever.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby other i » Wed May 23, 2012 10:55 pm

"Emergent". All the meeting attenders where i work love to use that word in place of emergency. And it drives me fucking nuts. They emerge out of their meetings and issue dictums about who to call while they are on vacation in case there's any "emergent" issues. If they could find a similarly mealy mouthed word for "issues" it'd be like a home run for them, I am certain.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Huckleby » Wed May 23, 2012 11:06 pm

"achieve closure"
I once had a boss who was a pretty good guy, but when he wanted to pressure you to get the fucking project done, he would say we need some closure.

I just remembered another boss, far worse, who imitated the creepy supervisor in Office Space. Whenever he wanted to shoot-down what you said, he started with that condescending, drawn-out "Yaaaaaaa."
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Marvell » Thu May 24, 2012 4:00 pm

'Orwellian'
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby scratch » Fri May 25, 2012 8:27 am

I second narcoleptish on "awesome." And "actually" has pretty much lost it's meaning through mindless repetition.

This is actually an awesome thread.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby doppel » Fri May 25, 2012 5:37 pm

"War on"...
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby Remember_Me » Fri May 25, 2012 7:15 pm

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

Well, at least to their perpetrators anyway.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby narcoleptish » Fri May 25, 2012 9:42 pm

Earlier I said celebrity because of what passes as that these days.

But also: Movie Star.

Actually (sorry Scratch) it may have lost it's meaning long ago. There are movie stars and there are people who sometimes play the lead in a movie.

Daniel Day-Lewis...movie star.
Keanu Reeves....the other

The term "git er done" never had anything to lose.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby narcoleptish » Fri May 25, 2012 10:04 pm

24/7 and Extreme

I don't care how Extreme you are dude, you're not doing ANYthing, all the time.
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Re: Words that have lost their meaning

Postby bdog » Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:18 am

I know, right?
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