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Old 11-21-2009, 01:51 PM   #31
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Yes, but how do you differentiate how you do stuff while you're standing vs when you're sitting? Or what if you are doing the cereal box while you're eating breakfast as opposed to doing the morning's news? And what about when you're watching TV and you need to do the news crawls on the bottom of the screen? All of those are ENTIRELY different, and thus need NEW WORDS to describe them!
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Old 11-21-2009, 03:12 PM   #32
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Do we need a new word for needing new words for everything? I nominate nuvoleximania.

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Old 11-21-2009, 03:59 PM   #33
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Snail reading? How about treeding?
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:02 PM   #34
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Yes, but how do you differentiate how you do stuff while you're standing vs when you're sitting? Or what if you are doing the cereal box while you're eating breakfast as opposed to doing the morning's news? And what about when you're watching TV and you need to do the news crawls on the bottom of the screen? All of those are ENTIRELY different, and thus need NEW WORDS to describe them!
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:36 PM   #35
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Do we need a new word for needing new words for everything? I nominate nuvoleximania.

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There appears to be a word logolepsy, but I don't know if it has a "real" dictionary presence. Anyone have a copy of OED2 they can check?

http://www.kokogiak.com/logolepsy/

Anyway, that could be extended to neologolepsy-- an obsession with new words.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:41 PM   #36
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Snail reading sounds like tea leaf reading.

Could someone really interpret the future from the slime markings on the ground?
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:40 PM   #37
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Could someone really interpret the future from the slime markings on the ground?
Yes. You can interpret "I may soon see a snail." Or slug. And if you are very lucky (okay, lucky might not be quite the right word) you might see them gettin' it on:

http://s313.photobucket.com/albums/l...arrison/slugs/
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:24 PM   #38
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Yes. You can interpret "I may soon see a snail." Or slug. And if you are very lucky (okay, lucky might not be quite the right word) you might see them gettin' it on:

http://s313.photobucket.com/albums/l...arrison/slugs/
Reminds me of the scene in Microcosmos with the snails:



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Old 11-21-2009, 10:07 PM   #39
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Yes. You can interpret "I may soon see a snail." Or slug. And if you are very lucky (okay, lucky might not be quite the right word) you might see them gettin' it on:

http://s313.photobucket.com/albums/l...arrison/slugs/
How dare you put porn links on this site!
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Old 11-22-2009, 02:48 AM   #40
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I laughed a lot more than I probably should have at that. Please tell me your entire "do" story was a setup just for that line!
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:46 AM   #41
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As someone I know says, the publishing world breaks down to cyber and fiber.
What about fiber optics? That can't be paper.
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:54 PM   #42
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But this "research" did lead me to a new word ....."snailpaper" or "snail-paper"...for the snail version of the local print newspaper which usually arrives on my doorstep in the morning with news that is already 12 hours old and stale...

do you like that term, Darren? Snailpaper...for print editions of newspapers, which likely will be dinosaurs in a few years anyways?
Given that the scenario you present has been true or worse ever since the invention of newspapers it seems more than a bit stupid to try and rename them now because of it, but it does seem inevitable these days for people try to invent pointless new words to needlessly differentiate something from an existing word.
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Okay, fess up-- you just call it that because you leave a slimy trail on the paper...
Damn greasy pizza fingers. At least on the Kindle I can wipe them off easily!
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:42 PM   #44
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but it does seem inevitable these days for people try to invent pointless new words to needlessly differentiate something from an existing word.
I believe that every time someone manages to strangle to death a new buzzword in it's cradle, that person has done a service to humanity.
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Ever since snail mail became popular, back in 1981 I think, I was thinking the other day about how I hate reading on paper surfaces these days when I can read much more comfy on my e-reader, and could we call that old-school traditional kind of paper reading as "snail reading"....? And just continue to call reading on ebooks and our ereaders as either "reading" (which it is!) or...e-reading, which it is!

Some research: Snail-reading is both a dysphemism and a retronym. It’s “dysphemistic”
because it’s a disparaging expression, sure, why not?, and its a retronym because the
advent of ebooks and e-readeres means we needed a term that emphasizes
the traditional, old-school kind of reading on paper, so maybe call it "snail reading"....? It still has its place, of course. Just as snail mail still has its place.

But the digital revolution has changed both personal mail and personal reading. What do other think of this term: snail-reading. A bit perjorative and disparaging yes, but descriptive, no?
The last time I looked, snails wreck and eat paper, not read it
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