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PSA - "Misogynistic" isn't a word

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Manfred Belheim, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. schlaufuchs

    schlaufuchs La Femme Moderne

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    and conmigo is 3 words.

    Reduplication is a thing, yo.
     
  2. Bill3000

    Bill3000 OOOH NOOOOOOO! Supporter

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    But semantics is the branch of linguistics concerned with meaning...
     
  3. Gori the Grey

    Gori the Grey The Poster

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    Semantistics, I think you mean.
     
  4. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    Ooh, can we add -istics to all sorts of wordistics, nowistics?
     
  5. schlaufuchs

    schlaufuchs La Femme Moderne

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    It's rather the enticing heuristic
     
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    onejayhawk Afflicted with reason

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    Some one once told Tolkien that he was miswriting "dwarves", citing the Oxford English Dictionary. Tolkien replied that he wrote the OED.

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    Owen Poppins coasting in on his umbrella about to sing us a song.
     
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  8. El_Machinae

    El_Machinae Colour vision since 2018 Retired Moderator

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  9. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    So the English lexicon is getting embiggened even as we speak, or because we speak?
     
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    yes
     
  11. warpus

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  12. schlaufuchs

    schlaufuchs La Femme Moderne

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    Well, enlarged even as it shrinks. The amount of words that exist in the English language has "enlarged" in that all words are now preserved forever in dictionaries, but the actual inventory of words any given native speaker has at hand for their language has invariably been roughly the same.

    Even as some words are changed in meaning or created wholesale, other words likewise fall out of favor.
     
  13. Gori the Grey

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    I have no idea why "gainsay" has dropped out of the language. It hasn't been replaced by anything, and it designates an activity you often need to name.
     
  14. onejayhawk

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    I can gainsay your assertion, but choose to rebut it.

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  15. Mise

    Mise isle of lucy

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    Had to look it up, but it seems like there's a lot of words that mean roughly the same thing? E.g. oppose, contradict, deny, challenge, dispute, contest. I have never seen this word in writing or heard it in use, so I have no idea if the connotations are remotely the same.

    Re the thread, it's always fun watching a pedant get owned on the first page. Brilliant and hilarious :goodjob:
     
  16. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    Nice one. I too would as lief have gainsay remain in current usage. I rather like it. And as far as I know, it's just a contraction of "against" and "say".
     
  17. Mise

    Mise isle of lucy

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    A literal translation of "contra-dict"?
     
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  18. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    That's spot on, imo. They've just got different origins.
     
  19. El_Machinae

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    It can be used imperiously by villains in a position of power!

    Spoiler YOU DARE GAINSAY ME!?! :
     
  20. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    It is subtly different from contradict, though. More like forbid, I think. But maybe not quite that, either.

    Mr Grey will know. You mark my words.
     

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