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Re: Keeping Current With Fresh Posts

Postby allesandro » Thu May 10, 2018 12:05 pm

Ram wrote:
allesandro wrote:That's so true. The internet does make it extremely difficult for us to discern the meaning of what is written. That leaves us so very vulnerable to projection. When I first read all of this commotion about a single word ( which was a very innocent incredulous response,
not sarcastic) I was just like, "Blimey, I can't believe me ears," LOL


I think single words are especially prone to being interpreted differently by the listener/reader because there is no context.


Well, you're correct. Also, as I had said previously to you in a pm, Americans live in a very large country, and the slang expressions vary from region to region, and from state to state, even from city to city. In New England, for instance, the word 'wicked' means extremely, such as 'the concert was wicked awesome,' in the rest of the country the word 'wicked' means evil, as it does in Old English. Then there is the whole issue of race: different ethnic groups and racial groups other than Caucasian have slang words all their own. It's very difficult to keep up with. If you watch the Alfred Hitchcock movie 'Marnie,' Sean Connery catches a liar and a thief because she claims to be from Philadelphia but her accent and slang slips out and he knows that she must be from the South.
I know the British have different accents and slang, but our country is much bigger than yours, and the accents and slang words are such that even Americans can't keep with them

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Re: Keeping Current With Fresh Posts

Postby Ram » Sat May 12, 2018 11:17 am

allesandro wrote:
Well, you're correct. Also, as I had said previously to you in a pm, Americans live in a very large country, and the slang expressions vary from region to region, and from state to state, even from city to city. In New England, for instance, the word 'wicked' means extremely, such as 'the concert was wicked awesome,' in the rest of the country the word 'wicked' means evil, as it does in Old English. Then there is the whole issue of race: different ethnic groups and racial groups other than Caucasian have slang words all their own. It's very difficult to keep up with. If you watch the Alfred Hitchcock movie 'Marnie,' Sean Connery catches a liar and a thief because she claims to be from Philadelphia but her accent and slang slips out and he knows that she must be from the South.
I know the British have different accents and slang, but our country is much bigger than yours, and the accents and slang words are such that even Americans can't keep with them


The pragmatics of words is one of those strange topics that seems simple at first but is extremely complex. It's interesting that the word 'wicked' can mean very/extremely in New England. In Britain the 'wicked' was often used to mean 'great/cool/excellent' by young people in the 1980s & 1990s (probably much to the horror of older people). I don't know if it is still used in this way.

Some words have a hidden meaning in some cultures that do not exist in others. For example, in most of Asia the word 'hurry' simply means 'be as quick as you humanly can.' However, in most western cultures, it come across as highly peremptory to say the least and should not be used even if you're a customer in a shop/restaurant. It's almost a bit like sanpping your finger at the staff. A British Indian explained that the first generation of Indian immigrants made this cultural mistake when they first arrived in Britain in the fifties and annoyed a few locals as a result.

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Re: Keeping Current With Fresh Posts

Postby Tom fod » Sat May 12, 2018 10:02 pm

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Re: Keeping Current With Fresh Posts

Postby Qasdee » Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:35 am

I think the site does seem quite old (not as bad as dypraxia foundation. Its an absolute terrible website). I actually found this site through the nhs website! :)i think maybe a revamped website carefully constructed (im sure the dyspraxia foundation could help,join hands (like the childline website where they have a chat & forum area) or signpost to potential donators aswell as private donations. If the site looks engaging, enjoyable and connects ppl i think people will pay and want to be a part of it. Its already been of immemse benefit so thank you to all those behind it and the contributors.

Qasdee :)

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Re: Keeping Current With Fresh Posts

Postby Dan » Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:55 am

allesandro wrote:
Ram wrote:
allesandro wrote:That's so true. The internet does make it extremely difficult for us to discern the meaning of what is written. That leaves us so very vulnerable to projection. When I first read all of this commotion about a single word ( which was a very innocent incredulous response,
not sarcastic) I was just like, "Blimey, I can't believe me ears," LOL


I think single words are especially prone to being interpreted differently by the listener/reader because there is no context.


Well, you're correct. Also, as I had said previously to you in a pm, Americans live in a very large country, and the slang expressions vary from region to region, and from state to state, even from city to city. In New England, for instance, the word 'wicked' means extremely, such as 'the concert was wicked awesome,' in the rest of the country the word 'wicked' means evil, as it does in Old English. Then there is the whole issue of race: different ethnic groups and racial groups other than Caucasian have slang words all their own. It's very difficult to keep up with. If you watch the Alfred Hitchcock movie 'Marnie,' Sean Connery catches a liar and a thief because she claims to be from Philadelphia but her accent and slang slips out and he knows that she must be from the South.
I know the British have different accents and slang, but our country is much bigger than yours, and the accents and slang words are such that even Americans can't keep with them


I know this is an old post, but I think Britain probably matches the US in slang diversity, as our country has existed for far longer. If you look at the variability of accents in just England, there's definitively more distinct accents, with slang to boot. People from Essex might use the word 'duck' to refer to friends, whereas in London, it's likely mate. In Scotland, it's c*nt! :P

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Re: Keeping Current With Fresh Posts

Postby allesandro » Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:36 pm

Qasdee wrote:I think the site does seem quite old (not as bad as dypraxia foundation. Its an absolute terrible website). I actually found this site through the nhs website! :)i think maybe a revamped website carefully constructed (im sure the dyspraxia foundation could help,join hands (like the childline website where they have a chat & forum area) or signpost to potential donators aswell as private donations. If the site looks engaging, enjoyable and connects ppl i think people will pay and want to be a part of it. Its already been of immemse benefit so thank you to all those behind it and the contributors.

Qasdee :)

I couldn't agree more. This website is sadly lacking, and is great need of revamping if it is to be at all supportive to readers. Well done, Qasdee.


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