the meaning of words

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Re: the meaning of words

Postby CAN » 26 Jan 2018, 21:09

That’s a really good example and the kind of thing I’m talking about.

Bowie did this ALL the time, by the way. ‘those German bands were absolutely formative to my development as an artist’ - that kind of horseshit
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Re: the meaning of words

Postby Minnie the Minx » 26 Jan 2018, 21:10

OCT wrote:That’s a really good example and the kind of thing I’m talking about.

Bowie did this ALL the time, by the way. ‘those German bands were absolutely formative to my development as an artist’ - that kind of horseshit


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Re: the meaning of words

Postby CAN » 26 Jan 2018, 21:12

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Re: the meaning of words

Postby Minnie the Minx » 26 Jan 2018, 21:14

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Re: the meaning of words

Postby quix » 26 Jan 2018, 22:08

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It’s a wonderful word is it not. ;)

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Re: the meaning of words

Postby Pansy Puff » 26 Jan 2018, 22:18

It's a word I find so hard to pronounce. Should be kwik-sotic-lee but I always want to say kee-oh-ti-lee
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Re: the meaning of words

Postby quix » 26 Jan 2018, 22:24

K wrote:It's a word I find so hard to pronounce. Should be kwik-sotic-lee but I always want to say kee-oh-ti-lee


Exactly. Isn’t it great :D

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Re: the meaning of words

Postby John aka Josh » 26 Jan 2018, 23:52

I am teaching a class of children who think but means the same as and, and that like means the same as same as (and should, like, therefore be redundant). I have to hold myself back in the staffroom when colleagues use like in a similar fashion.
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Re: the meaning of words

Postby sneelock » 27 Jan 2018, 00:07

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Re: the meaning of words

Postby Tonto Papadopoulos » 27 Jan 2018, 00:09

Minnie the Minx wrote:'Passive aggressive' floats freely and largely nonsensically these days.


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Re: the meaning of words

Postby PENK » 27 Jan 2018, 06:03

”Diminutive” always sounds to me like it should mean a large person, someone who diminishes others as it were... rather than the opposite.
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Re: the meaning of words

Postby Minnie the Minx » 28 Jan 2018, 16:16

German Dave wrote:
Minnie the Minx wrote:'Passive aggressive' floats freely and largely nonsensically these days.


Isn't it ironic?


Isn't what ironic?
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Re: the meaning of words

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Re: the meaning of words

Postby souphound » 29 Jan 2018, 16:01

I hate the word "irregardless".
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Re: the meaning of words

Postby CAN » 29 Jan 2018, 17:29

no such word
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Re: the meaning of words

Postby Dr Markus » 29 Jan 2018, 17:31

OCT wrote:no such word

irregardless, it's still annoying word.
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Re: the meaning of words

Postby Quaco » 29 Jan 2018, 17:43

The fact that there is no such word is what's annoying about it. If it were a real word, we would love to use it, because it sounds rhythmic and very intellectual. Which, I suppose, is why people use it now.
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Re: the meaning of words

Postby CAN » 29 Jan 2018, 18:06

The ngram viewer shows it's been in use since the late 19th C!
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Re: the meaning of words

Postby souphound » 29 Jan 2018, 18:56

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irregardless

Is irregardless a word?

Irregardless was popularized in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century. Its increasingly widespread spoken use called it to the attention of usage commentators as early as 1927. The most frequently repeated remark about it is that "there is no such word." There is such a word, however. It is still used primarily in speech, although it can be found from time to time in edited prose. Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance. Use regardless instead.
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