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Socially embarrassing hobbies and unattractiveness

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by thealbatross, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. Nantucket Red

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    Ed Gein was an unattractive man with a socially embarrassing hobby.
    You're beginning to sound like Patrick Bateman.
     
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    You're beginning to sound like Patrick Bateman.

    Is it the hyperbolic understatement?
     
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    Perfect examples:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furries

    Furry subculture has extremely little connection to anime subculture, which is itself apparently understood here only in stereotypes masquerading as insight.
     
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    Furry subculture has extremely little connection to anime subculture, which is itself apparently understood here only in stereotypes masquerading as insight.
    My point was mostly about the sexual aspects, which I only understand from a third-person view. However, I have also read of sexualized Harry Potter subcultures with the characters done up in manga-esque looks, and very sexualized, many of a sodomite nature.
     
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    Is it the hyperbolic understatement?
    Isn't that an oxymoron? No, the reference of serial killers in conversation.
     
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    My point was mostly about the sexual aspects, which I only understand from a third-person view.
    So you are a voyeur?
     
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    So you are a voyeur?
    "I like to watch". Chance Gardener.
     
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    Isn't that an oxymoron?
    No.
     
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    Isn't that an oxymoron? No, the reference of serial killers in conversation.
    Hyperbolic understatement is called meiosis. For example, describing exquisite food as "very nearly edible" or a beautiful woman as "not too unsightly."
     
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    Hyperbolic understatement is called meiosis. For example, describing exquisite food as "very nearly edible" or a beautiful woman as "not too unsightly."

    Didn't Amory in This Side of Paradise have a habit of this?
     
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    Hyperbolic understatement is called meiosis. For example, describing exquisite food as "very nearly edible" or a beautiful woman as "not too unsightly."

    same meiosis as the type of cellular division.
     
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    Hyperbolic understatement is called meiosis. For example, describing exquisite food as "very nearly edible" or a beautiful woman as "not too unsightly."

    I think you have the term mixed up with litotes, which specifically refers to understatement by implying the negative of its opposite. I'm definitely sure your second example is one of litotes. I don't remember the details of what meosis covers, and it may be a more general term for understatement that could encompass litotes, but I recall learning that meosis involves the use of a substitute word of lesser scale to refer to one that carries more weight; in the cases of your examples, it would be like calling a gourmet meal a "nice dish" (kind of like the first example) or saying that a supermodel is "slightly attractive." My guess is that there is a negative vs. positive distinction that separates the two.
     
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    I think you have the term mixed up with litotes, which specifically refers to understatement by implying the negative of its opposite. I'm definitely sure your second example is one of litotes. I don't remember the details of what meosis covers, and it may be a more general term for understatement that could encompass litotes, but I recall learning that meosis involves the use of a substitute word of lesser scale to refer to one that carries more weight; in the cases of your examples, it would be like calling a gourmet meal a "nice dish" (kind of like the first example) or saying that a supermodel is "slightly attractive." My guess is that there is a negative vs. positive distinction that separates the two.

    The Concise Oxford gives it as "another term for litotes." In fact, I believe it covers both bases. My second example was litotes by definition, as you mention.
     
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    If the Style forum is bad, I don't want to be good. [​IMG]

    Seriously though, I'm interested in so many things, that there is no way that I couldn't find one "˜hobby' that doesn't correlate to something someone else is interested in. That said, in 68' not a lot of people wore contacts. I bet that not having glasses on has changed many people's looks from "˜unattractive' to "˜attractive' (all of which is subjective anyways).

    Personally I sometimes wear my glasses and sometimes my contacts, and I wear the contacts only because of the ease of use (I don't have to clean them throughout the day, etc...), I could care less how glasses make me look. If someone doesn't like me for who I am then: oh, well.

    Jon.
     
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    You're beginning to sound like Patrick Bateman.

    Ed Gein, The maitre "˜d at Canal Bar?

    Jon.
     
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    I have no hobbies, per se. I think the truly unattractive find hobbies confronting and intimidating, and not at all the refuge from society that they are commonly thought of being.
     
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    I have no hobbies, per se. I think the truly unattractive find hobbies confronting and intimidating, and not at all the refuge from society that they are commonly thought of being.

    the unattractively vacuous?
     

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