Misused Terms You're Sick of Seeing

Parasondox

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When people pronounce "Specific" as "Pacific". The "S" is not silent and stop mentioning the ocean!!

Just a pet peeve I have but I know someone here will give me a history on the pronunciation of the word.
 

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I'm getting very tired of one term in particular, ESPECIALLY because it's exclusively used as a porn term anymore. Stop using "tranny" to refer to transgender people, it's really insulting, it's insensitive, and because it's only common use now is for pornography.
 

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People using "literally" as a synonym for "really" or "a lot". It's maddening, and English isn't even my first language.
 

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Schrodinger's cat, fuck it, especially that shitty writers feel very smug including it as if it shows they are so smart, but no, it appeared a million times in media.
I think it was Stephen Hawking who said at one point "Every time I hear the term "Schrodinger's cat", I reach for my gun", so he was quite sick of it as well.

Captcha: That's it. Yes, Captcha. Yes it is.
 

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Scars Unseen said:
"that begs the question"

So you're saying that the thing you just said was an informal fallacy based on the insertion of your intended conclusion into the premise of your argument? Because that what question begging is.
That's funny because "begging the question" in the logical fallacy sense is a mistranslation whereas the vernacular use is perfectly sensible.
 

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Para199x said:
Scars Unseen said:
"that begs the question"

So you're saying that the thing you just said was an informal fallacy based on the insertion of your intended conclusion into the premise of your argument? Because that what question begging is.
That's funny because "begging the question" in the logical fallacy sense is a mistranslation whereas the vernacular use is perfectly sensible.
It's about 500 years too late to be trying to correct that translation.
 

Para199x

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Scars Unseen said:
Para199x said:
Scars Unseen said:
"that begs the question"

So you're saying that the thing you just said was an informal fallacy based on the insertion of your intended conclusion into the premise of your argument? Because that what question begging is.
That's funny because "begging the question" in the logical fallacy sense is a mistranslation whereas the vernacular use is perfectly sensible.
It's about 500 years too late to be trying to correct that translation.
Not saying it should be, just that getting annoyed by people using a the phrase in a much more sensible manner is funny.
 

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KyuubiNoKitsune-Hime said:
LeathermanKick25 said:
Not so much misused, but anyone who uses the term cis-gendered. You come across as nothing more than a complete wanker. Also people throwing around offended at anything online. As Stephen Fry said, so the fuck what if you are?
For the cis-gendered part. You know what? I'm transgender, want me to call you normal? Fine then you can call me normal too. I'm not a wanker for using the term to describe people who aren't trans, and I'm not going to other my self for your privileged self importance. Cis-gender means you have a standard gender identity, but to call you normal means I'm actively abnormal, if you want me to force that on myself, you can go look someplace else.

For the second part? Sure let other people be offended at things you don't find offensive. But it's being anti-social to not at least try to understand why.
No the point is, that someone's either male or female.

Then it's perfectly fine if you were born a man but feel like a woman and thus wish to change your gender, that makes you a woman.

Or if you're a crossdressing man, you're a crossdressing man.


There are only 2 genders, not 200 it's biology.

And if someone thinks they're an "otherkin" I feel i'm allowed to think that that's a bit weird.
 

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Lil devils x said:
Reasonable Atheist said:
San Martin said:
People saying 'SJW' and 'feminazi'. There is no situation in which you should say those words. Stop.
What about to refer to the author of this blog?
It is my favourite crazy person blog.

https://witchwind.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/piv-is-always-rape-ok/

I challenge you to read this post and not use the word feminazi.
oooh or maybe this one that advocates male genocide.

https://witchwind.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/utopia-what-would-a-womens-society-look-like/
No, many words come to mind when reading this, but that isn't one of them. I just pity them instead that they are so lacking in orgasms that they cannot understand how other women desire enjoy sex multiple times a day and no it is not " rape" to do so. They are just very ignorant in their understanding of the enjoyment of sexual gratification, which is sad, but no I do not think spewing out equally ignorant terms would be the appropriate response.

I actually come from a Matriarchy, and in that Matriarchy sex was celebrated as one of the most beautiful and enjoyable parts of life. Celebrated openly and often publicly..Men are not subordinated in Matriarchy, no one is, in fact in our culture it was considered unthinkable for anyone to have authority over another, that very idea was considered toxic.

The best word to describe her nonsense would be " delusional".
How can it have been a Matriarchy without having a leader who was female.

matriarchy is a "form of social organization in which the mother or oldest female is the head of the family, and descent and relationship are reckoned through the female line; government or rule by a woman or women."
 

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Para199x said:
Scars Unseen said:
Para199x said:
Scars Unseen said:
"that begs the question"

So you're saying that the thing you just said was an informal fallacy based on the insertion of your intended conclusion into the premise of your argument? Because that what question begging is.
That's funny because "begging the question" in the logical fallacy sense is a mistranslation whereas the vernacular use is perfectly sensible.
It's about 500 years too late to be trying to correct that translation.
Not saying it should be, just that getting annoyed by people using a the phrase in a much more sensible manner is funny.
Only it doesn't. "That begs the question" doesn't really make sense as a functional phrase. What people mean when they say that is that a situation calls for a question. Try applying similar wording to any other situation where begging might occur. "The rich man was passing through an alley. That begs the coin." It makes no sense.

As was pointed out above, "That raises the question" is more accurate. A situation occurs. A question is raised in response.
 

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Major_Tom said:
inmunitas said:
Major_Tom said:
"Agnostic". No, it doesn't mean a fence-sitter between an atheist and a theist. Stop saying "I don't believe in god, but I'm not an atheist", that doesn't make you agnostic, it makes you a moron.
A Theist believes in God or gods, an Atheist disbelieves in God or gods, and an Agnostic believes there is no evidence to support either theism or atheism.
The question is not "does god exist" it's "do YOU believe in god" and there are only two possible answers. Agnostics say it is not possible to know whether god exists or not, but you can still believe or not believe in one. Agnostic and atheist/theist are not mutually exclusive terms.
True, but one can stop at agnosticism and not choose to jump towards a belief without sufficient evidence. You can be agnostic AND atheist/theist, but you can also be just agnostic.
 

Para199x

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Scars Unseen said:
Para199x said:
Scars Unseen said:
Para199x said:
Scars Unseen said:
"that begs the question"

So you're saying that the thing you just said was an informal fallacy based on the insertion of your intended conclusion into the premise of your argument? Because that what question begging is.
That's funny because "begging the question" in the logical fallacy sense is a mistranslation whereas the vernacular use is perfectly sensible.
It's about 500 years too late to be trying to correct that translation.
Not saying it should be, just that getting annoyed by people using a the phrase in a much more sensible manner is funny.
Only it doesn't. "That begs the question" doesn't really make sense as a functional phrase. What people mean when they say that is that a situation calls for a question. Try applying similar wording to any other situation where begging might occur. "The rich man was passing through an alley. That begs the coin." It makes no sense.

As was pointed out above, "That raises the question" is more accurate. A situation occurs. A question is raised in response.
I've always thought of the vernacular use as having a dropped "for". That (statement) begs (for) the question -[question]. Then the analogy of the man walking down the alley: "He begs a mugging".
 

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Para199x said:
Scars Unseen said:
Para199x said:
Scars Unseen said:
Para199x said:
Scars Unseen said:
"that begs the question"

So you're saying that the thing you just said was an informal fallacy based on the insertion of your intended conclusion into the premise of your argument? Because that what question begging is.
That's funny because "begging the question" in the logical fallacy sense is a mistranslation whereas the vernacular use is perfectly sensible.
It's about 500 years too late to be trying to correct that translation.
Not saying it should be, just that getting annoyed by people using a the phrase in a much more sensible manner is funny.
Only it doesn't. "That begs the question" doesn't really make sense as a functional phrase. What people mean when they say that is that a situation calls for a question. Try applying similar wording to any other situation where begging might occur. "The rich man was passing through an alley. That begs the coin." It makes no sense.

As was pointed out above, "That raises the question" is more accurate. A situation occurs. A question is raised in response.
I've always thought of the vernacular use as having a dropped "for". That (statement) begs (for) the question -[question]. Then the analogy of the man walking down the alley: "He begs a mugging".
But if you go down that route, you end up at the original issue: using a phrase for which there is already a long standing definition.

But your example does bring to mind another term that I feel gets misused a lot: "victim blaming." Yes, it is a real thing, and it should rightly be pointed out when people are actually doing it. Unfortunately, it is just as often used to silence criticism, working from a faulty premise that being a victim makes one's actions right. It's kind of a tricky topic, especially right now, but the label "victim" isn't a magical shield that makes one infallible. I think that the term should be used far more sparingly than it currently is, as it grows diluted with use. Kind of like the phrase "that's offensive."
 

Para199x

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Scars Unseen said:
Para199x said:
Scars Unseen said:
Para199x said:
Scars Unseen said:
Para199x said:
Scars Unseen said:
"that begs the question"

So you're saying that the thing you just said was an informal fallacy based on the insertion of your intended conclusion into the premise of your argument? Because that what question begging is.
That's funny because "begging the question" in the logical fallacy sense is a mistranslation whereas the vernacular use is perfectly sensible.
It's about 500 years too late to be trying to correct that translation.
Not saying it should be, just that getting annoyed by people using a the phrase in a much more sensible manner is funny.
Only it doesn't. "That begs the question" doesn't really make sense as a functional phrase. What people mean when they say that is that a situation calls for a question. Try applying similar wording to any other situation where begging might occur. "The rich man was passing through an alley. That begs the coin." It makes no sense.

As was pointed out above, "That raises the question" is more accurate. A situation occurs. A question is raised in response.
I've always thought of the vernacular use as having a dropped "for". That (statement) begs (for) the question -[question]. Then the analogy of the man walking down the alley: "He begs a mugging".
But if you go down that route, you end up at the original issue: using a phrase for which there is already a long standing definition.

But your example does bring to mind another term that I feel gets misused a lot: "victim blaming." Yes, it is a real thing, and it should rightly be pointed out when people are actually doing it. Unfortunately, it is just as often used to silence criticism, working from a faulty premise that being a victim makes one's actions right. It's kind of a tricky topic, especially right now, but the label "victim" isn't a magical shield that makes one infallible. I think that the term should be used far more sparingly than it currently is, as it grows diluted with use. Kind of like the phrase "that's offensive."

Yeah the analogy you gave left little room for anything but a victim blaming kind of statement though.
 

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He said a constant *factor*. He means you keep multiplying by the same number, which is indeed exponential. Like 2*2*2*2*...
D'oh, I missed that factor, figures. *puts a dunce hat on and sits in the corner*
 

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Scars Unseen said:
Only it doesn't. "That begs the question" doesn't really make sense as a functional phrase. What people mean when they say that is that a situation calls for a question. Try applying similar wording to any other situation where begging might occur. "The rich man was passing through an alley. That begs the coin." It makes no sense.

As was pointed out above, "That raises the question" is more accurate. A situation occurs. A question is raised in response.
It's another idiom. Yeah it's a far cry form making any logical sense, but so is the idiom "far cry." Whatever I'm not going to burn the midnight oil debating this. Besides I'm not an English major so take what I say with a grain of salt. I just hope I can cut the mustard.
 

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Eddie the head said:
Scars Unseen said:
Only it doesn't. "That begs the question" doesn't really make sense as a functional phrase. What people mean when they say that is that a situation calls for a question. Try applying similar wording to any other situation where begging might occur. "The rich man was passing through an alley. That begs the coin." It makes no sense.

As was pointed out above, "That raises the question" is more accurate. A situation occurs. A question is raised in response.
It's another idiom. Yeah it's a far cry form making any logical sense, but so is the idiom "far cry." Whatever I'm not going to burn the midnight oil debating this. Besides I'm not an English major so take what I say with a grain of salt. I just hope I can cut the mustard.
An incorrectly used idiom. Which is my complaint.
 

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MajorTomServo said:
Saying "I could care less."

That means you do care.

At least a little.
WORD CRIIIIIMMES!!!!

San Martin said:
People saying 'SJW' and 'feminazi'. There is no situation in which you should say those words. Stop.
I understand feminazi, but what's wrong with SJW? And what term would be preferred? I'm being serious because as much as I don't care really care about semantics, I do think it's useful to have SOME sort of word for people with a unified sentiment.

Auron225 said:
OCD

Everyone and their mother seems to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder these days, but all with exceptionally mild cases which just mean that they "like things to be kinda tidy in general".

No. OCD refers to someone who will FREAK OUT if things aren't the way they are "required" to be, not someone will laugh and say "Nooo, stop itttt, I'm Oh-See-Deeeeeeee".
I think the problem might stem from the fact that the CORRECT term for that sort of behavior starts with the word "anal" and "don't mind me, I'm just anal" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.
 

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Para199x said:
Lil devils x said:
Reasonable Atheist said:
San Martin said:
People saying 'SJW' and 'feminazi'. There is no situation in which you should say those words. Stop.
What about to refer to the author of this blog?
It is my favourite crazy person blog.

https://witchwind.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/piv-is-always-rape-ok/

I challenge you to read this post and not use the word feminazi.
oooh or maybe this one that advocates male genocide.

https://witchwind.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/utopia-what-would-a-womens-society-look-like/
No, many words come to mind when reading this, but that isn't one of them. I just pity them instead that they are so lacking in orgasms that they cannot understand how other women desire enjoy sex multiple times a day and no it is not " rape" to do so. They are just very ignorant in their understanding of the enjoyment of sexual gratification, which is sad, but no I do not think spewing out equally ignorant terms would be the appropriate response.

I actually come from a Matriarchy, and in that Matriarchy sex was celebrated as one of the most beautiful and enjoyable parts of life. Celebrated openly and often publicly..Men are not subordinated in Matriarchy, no one is, in fact in our culture it was considered unthinkable for anyone to have authority over another, that very idea was considered toxic.

The best word to describe her nonsense would be " delusional".
How can it have been a Matriarchy without having a leader who was female.

matriarchy is a "form of social organization in which the mother or oldest female is the head of the family, and descent and relationship are reckoned through the female line; government or rule by a woman or women."
Hopi mothers are traditionally the head of the family, women are in charge of business and the economy, and they are the primary property holders, WHen men marry, they become part of the woman's family, they take the woman's clan name, and women are the ones who ultimately decide for their villages and families the best course of action. Women ultimately decided who the tribe conducted trade with, and who they did not, if a village was to move or not, how resources to be allocated ect...
If the women did not agree, it is not going to happen. Simply because Hopi do not believe in " chiefs" does not mean women do not make the final decisions.
 

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Lil devils x said:
Para199x said:
Lil devils x said:
Reasonable Atheist said:
San Martin said:
People saying 'SJW' and 'feminazi'. There is no situation in which you should say those words. Stop.
What about to refer to the author of this blog?
It is my favourite crazy person blog.

https://witchwind.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/piv-is-always-rape-ok/

I challenge you to read this post and not use the word feminazi.
oooh or maybe this one that advocates male genocide.

https://witchwind.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/utopia-what-would-a-womens-society-look-like/
No, many words come to mind when reading this, but that isn't one of them. I just pity them instead that they are so lacking in orgasms that they cannot understand how other women desire enjoy sex multiple times a day and no it is not " rape" to do so. They are just very ignorant in their understanding of the enjoyment of sexual gratification, which is sad, but no I do not think spewing out equally ignorant terms would be the appropriate response.

I actually come from a Matriarchy, and in that Matriarchy sex was celebrated as one of the most beautiful and enjoyable parts of life. Celebrated openly and often publicly..Men are not subordinated in Matriarchy, no one is, in fact in our culture it was considered unthinkable for anyone to have authority over another, that very idea was considered toxic.

The best word to describe her nonsense would be " delusional".
How can it have been a Matriarchy without having a leader who was female.

matriarchy is a "form of social organization in which the mother or oldest female is the head of the family, and descent and relationship are reckoned through the female line; government or rule by a woman or women."
Hopi mothers are traditionally the head of the family, women are in charge of business and the economy, and they are the primary property holders, WHen men marry, they become part of the woman's family, they take the woman's clan name, and women are the ones who ultimately decide for their villages and families the best course of action. Women ultimately decided who the tribe conducted trade with, and who they did not, if a village was to move or not, how resources to be allocated ect...
If the women did not agree, it is not going to happen. Simply because Hopi do not believe in " chiefs" does not mean women do not make the final decisions.
I'd then argue that (although not as severe as most other cultures, especially historical, subordination of women) if women have the final say on major decisions that men are "lesser" in that culture.