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Old 03-01-2020, 04:22 PM
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New words or phrases our language needs


"Losing your hoots": You almost finish a long tweet or new thread when you suddenly realize you don't g
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Old 03-01-2020, 05:22 PM
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A word either for twice a month or once every two months. (One of them will replace "bimonthly.")
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Old 03-01-2020, 08:22 PM
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I love hot dogs. An elderly man loves his dying wife of 60 years. Sometimes I feel learning new meanings for that one word is a succinct answer to, ‘what is the meaning of life?’

Other times, I feel language is only useful if it transmits meaning so we need to figure this out.
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Old 03-02-2020, 08:55 AM
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I haven’t heard of a word to use for sending something with a drone. Maybe use the word drone as a verb. We will drone the pizza to you.
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Old 03-02-2020, 09:25 AM
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If there's a word for something which is designed to solve a problem that doesn't exist, then I don't know it. And we really need a word, because these things are already all over the place and they're proliferating. Those ridiculous shelves in refrigerators which consist of a row of circular holes that you're supposed to place eggs in to keep them safe and stop them rolling about. You know, the eggs that come in an egg box? Yeah, those eggs. Or the key that you used to be able to buy that you attached to one end of a toothpaste tube , so that by turning the key you could squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube. Stone me, you can still get them.

Why isn't there a word for this?

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Old 03-02-2020, 10:06 AM
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And PS, can we have a new and different word for meme, as in internet meme, so that I can have the original meaning of the word back?

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Dawkins used the term to refer to any cultural entity that an observer might consider a replicator. He hypothesized that one could view many cultural entities as replicators, and pointed to melodies, fashions and learned skills as examples. Memes generally replicate through exposure to humans, who have evolved as efficient copiers of information and behavior. Because humans do not always copy memes perfectly, and because they may refine, combine or otherwise modify them with other memes to create new memes, they can change over time. Dawkins likened the process by which memes survive and change through the evolution of culture to the natural selection of genes in biological evolution.
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(PS: yes I know it says that the idea predates him)
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My first timeout-related double post! Go me!

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I need one word that tells the bear or mountain lion not to try to eat me. "Socialism!" doesn't work.
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If there's a word for something which is designed to solve a problem that doesn't exist, then I don't know it. And we really need a word, because these things are already all over the place and they're proliferating. Those ridiculous shelves in refrigerators which consist of a row of circular holes that you're supposed to place eggs in to keep them safe and stop them rolling about. You know, the eggs that come in an egg box? Yeah, those eggs. Or the key that you used to be able to buy that you attached to one end of a toothpaste tube , so that by turning the key you could squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube. Stone me, you can still get them.

Why isn't there a word for this?

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Similarly but not the same thing....tech that is supposed to be more advanced but actually makes things harder. Like....an electronic trashcan?? Hello? I could have just lifted the lid, or used the foot pedal thing but now I have to stand here and try and figure this thing out.
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If there's a word for something which is designed to solve a problem that doesn't exist, then I don't know it.
The word is "marketing". People sweat but that wasn't a problem till marketers convinced people that "body odor" (eww!) offends. Inventing problems is profitable. If something ain't broken, break it and sell glue.
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And PS, can we have a new and different word for meme, as in internet meme, so that I can have the original meaning of the word back?



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(PS: yes I know it says that the idea predates him)
I know it's not what you want, but to me a fad is something outside of the internet while a meme is something on the internet. Of course nowadays they're linked. For example superhero movies are a fad probably because of the internet.
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Old 03-04-2020, 12:59 PM
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We need a word for somebody who likes something but doesn't love it. Of course immediately you suggest the word "fan" but to me a fan is someone who loves something.
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Old 03-10-2020, 09:24 AM
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A new verb: to lobster. Usually used in the form to be lobstered.

Definition: to end up in a bad situation by a failure to recognize an extensive but near imperceptible worsening of you circumstances.

(Real) Example: I went out on the bike today; the weather forecast wasn't great, but not so bad - heavy cloud and a very low chance of rain. As I set off I noticed the merest hint of moisture in the air - but nothing to worry about. At some point, about 15 miles in, it occurred to me that my gloves were getting wet and there was a steady dripping off my helmet. It was drizzling steadily, getting worse, and I was an hour from home. I had been properly lobstered.

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Old 03-10-2020, 09:32 AM
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We need a verb for the act of trying to tie your shoe while holding a dog on a leash that is distracted by a squirrel.
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We need a verb for the act of trying to tie your shoe while holding a dog on a leash that is distracted by a squirrel.
Eichhörnchenjagdhundleineschuhbinden.

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Old 03-10-2020, 10:02 AM
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A word either for twice a month or once every two months. (One of them will replace "bimonthly.")
I get what you're at, but semimonthly means twice a month (literally "half-monthly") whereas bimonthly means every two months (think bicycle, two wheels).

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We need a new 1 syllable word to describe human females of all ages that doesn't have any misogynistic undertones (like girl) and doesn't sound antiquated (like gal).
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Not a new one, but an antiquated one that I wish would become common. Hurple - to raise one shoulders to one' ears in response to cold weather.
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Old 03-10-2020, 11:25 AM
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Not a new one, but an antiquated one that I wish would become common. Hurple - to raise one shoulders to one' ears in response to cold weather.
I watch too much QI. It also means to limp, and it rhymes with purple.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hurple
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hirple

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Old 03-10-2020, 11:31 AM
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Yeah, but we have a word to describe a limp. We need a short word to describe raising one shoulders to one' ears in response to cold weather.

And it does rhyme with purple.
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Missed the edit - here is that snippet from QI.

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Agreed.

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A new verb: to lobster. Usually used in the form to be lobstered.

Definition: to end up in a bad situation by a failure to recognize an extensive but near imperceptible worsening of you circumstances.
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Yes! I’ve been using the analogy of the frog in the pot of boiling water to describe a particular circumstance I’m currently dealing with. Much easier to say “I got lobstered.”

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We need a verb for the act of trying to tie your shoe while holding a dog on a leash that is distracted by a squirrel.
”Parenting.”


Now if we only had a word for the times when you think of a clever retort only after it’s too late to use it...
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We need a new 1 syllable word to describe human females of all ages that doesn't have any misogynistic undertones (like girl) and doesn't sound antiquated (like gal).
Lass
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Similarly but not the same thing....tech that is supposed to be more advanced but actually makes things harder. Like....an electronic trashcan?? Hello? I could have just lifted the lid, or used the foot pedal thing but now I have to stand here and try and figure this thing out.
I saw an example of this recently, at the Mall.

Time was, there would be a large display board just inside the main entrances with a map of the mall and a directory below the map. I always found it fairly quick and easy to find any store in the mall that I wanted.

Last week, I went to that Mall again. (I don't go there often.) Now in place of the large display board was an equally large (perhaps 6 ft high by 3 ft wide) computer touch-screen. The main display was a vague illustration of the mall, with two buttons "Browse" and "Search" and a few other buttons along the side with cryptic icons.

Finding one's way around the mall apparently would require some elaborate navigation around this multi-view on-screen site. I managed to find the store I was looking for very quickly quite by accident. I still don't know what most of those buttons with the cryptic icons do or even what's the difference between "Browse" and "Search", and I didn't spend any extra time playing with it to learn how it all works.

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If there's a word for something which is designed to solve a problem that doesn't exist, then I don't know it. And we really need a word, because these things are already all over the place and they're proliferating. Those ridiculous shelves in refrigerators which consist of a row of circular holes that you're supposed to place eggs in to keep them safe and stop them rolling about. You know, the eggs that come in an egg box? Yeah, those eggs. Or the key that you used to be able to buy that you attached to one end of a toothpaste tube , so that by turning the key you could squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube. Stone me, you can still get them.

Why isn't there a word for this?

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I think Shindogu is your closest call, even though I seem to remember it stops being a shindogu once you Can actually buy it. But ever since we discovered this in a book collecting various examples, my wife and I surely use it that way.

Examples from the books include:

A combined household duster and cocktail-shaker, for the housewife who wants to reward herself as she is going along.
The all-day tissue dispenser, which is basically a toilet roll fixed on top of a hat, for hay fever sufferers.
Duster slippers for cats, so they can help out with the housework.
The all-over plastic bathing suit, to enable people who suffer from aquaphobia to swim without coming into contact with water.

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I think Shindogu is your closest call, even though I seem to remember it stops being a shindogu once you Can actually buy it. But ever since we discovered this in a book collecting various examples, my wife and I surely use it that way.

Examples from the books include:

A combined household duster and cocktail-shaker, for the housewife who wants to reward herself as she is going along.
The all-day tissue dispenser, which is basically a toilet roll fixed on top of a hat, for hay fever sufferers.
Duster slippers for cats, so they can help out with the housework.
The all-over plastic bathing suit, to enable people who suffer from aquaphobia to swim without coming into contact with water.
Thank you! My vocabulary has just been expanded by 1. (What's the word for a word that you always wanted to exist and that you subsequently find out does?)

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Now if we only had a word for the times when you think of a clever retort only after it’s too late to use it...


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I'm glad someone invented "yeet", we really needed an opposite to "yoink".
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A complete set of gender neutral pronouns.
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Is there a word for:

Performing an action which is presented as being for the greater good but which is, in reality, done purely out of self interest?

(Also the noun form to describe such an act. There's a lot of that going on at the moment.)

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A new noun: Penitentiary Walk

Definition: In a public space such as a park or a well-used trail, a walk in which each group maintains a safe and polite distance (typically at least 10 meters) between itself and the group ahead.

Example of use: Social distancing was giving us cabin fever - we had to get out of he house, so we went for a penitentiary walk beside the canal.

Also the corresponding verb, to penitentiary walk - to walk as described above.

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