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by Grognak the Barbarian
Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 475552

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Are you saying that this decision is made unilaterally? There is of course the risk that the person claiming to speak thus may not, in fact, speak for anyone at all. Do those for whom this person claims to speak have any say in what is spoken on 'their' behalf? I myself could chose to speak in firs...
by Grognak the Barbarian
Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 475552

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

We ? Ah, you must be the Spokesperson. Good. Just the man I'm looking for. Yes, because the only conceivable reason anyone might ever choose to use the first-person plural is if they decide they're the official spokesperson for a group. Are you saying that this decision is made unilaterally? There ...
by Grognak the Barbarian
Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 475552

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

some here may see it as a veiled ad hominem attack on your part. No, I don't think we would. You're the one who apparently doesn't like that words change meaning over time. Which means you're probably rather nice and foolish. We ? Ah, you must be the Spokesperson. Good. Just the man I'm looking for...
by Grognak the Barbarian
Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 475552

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I suppose that if there were something that would take three people forever to do, it would take one person three forevers. Maybe some kind of maintenance work at the Hilbert Hotel. No need to speculate. You see this sort of thing all the time with road crews: two supervisors leaning on shovels, ri...
by Grognak the Barbarian
Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 475552

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Oregonaut wrote:However, someone took me seriously, and thought I was saying that it was mathematically possible to have three forevers.


It is, actually, for the same reason that 2 + 2 = 5 for very large values of 2. :wink:
by Grognak the Barbarian
Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 475552

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

One I hate: forever and a day. What the hell does it mean? It goes back at least as far as Shakespeare, but it's stupid! Forever is forever, you can't add a day to it because it would still be forever. Clearly Shakespeare and his contemporaries were not steeped in mathematics. And you're right, for...
by Grognak the Barbarian
Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 475552

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

The practice of hijacking the meanings of common words with the objective of making them mean something completely different. The word 'gay' for example. At one time 'gay' was commonly understood to mean 'happy,' demanding no further explanation. This is language pollution at its worst and it just ...
by Grognak the Barbarian
Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 475552

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Any compound word that begins with 'compu.' 'Tipping point' - The place from which you push this one's fans off the roof. 'Wellness' - We already have a word for that: 'health.' The practice of hijacking the meanings of common words with the objective of making them mean something completely differe...
by Grognak the Barbarian
Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Punnilingus
Replies: 135
Views: 64930

Re: Punnilingus

"I was going to change my shirt, but I changed my mind instead." ~Winnie the Pooh
by Grognak the Barbarian
Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: How Strange...
Replies: 2
Views: 1823

How Strange...

...for a 'Your art and links' board to have [img] and [flash] disabled by default; this in spite of the fact that they are enabled in my Board Preferences/Display Options tab. I don't have a webpage to direct one to and so the [url] switch, which is enabled, is pretty much useless to Lesser Beings s...

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