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Things you just don't get

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by tiecollector, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    According to google n-gram (which measures historic usage by pulling from old book texts), 1892. Hit a big peak in 1920, absolute peak in 1944, and balanced out to about the current level of usage, about half of what it was at its peak, around 1960.
     
  2. razl

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    That's a pretty nifty tool, you can get some interesting insights into lots of word usage from it. Like, why did IBM spike massively in the early 1800s and then fade away until ~1940? The word "Patriots" has been in steady decline, constitutionalist boomed in the 1910's/20s and faded until the 70s, nuclear follows an arc that peaks around the TMI event, gravistas was actually around all the way back in the 1800s and then took off in the 1980s, why did "Monica" boom in the 50s?, gaga peaked in the 30s, google was in use in the 1900's, etc.

    I see myself wasting a lot of time fiddling with it over the next few days...thanks for sharing!
     
  3. Fang66

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    You must be an intalektyuwal I only plugged swear words into it.

    Interestingly the use of "cunt" has remained much more stable than "fuck" which almost died in the 1820s ~ 1950s, and there were lots of "cock suckers" in the 1930s and 1970s. Also there are several decades with no "wankers", but they have boomed since Internet porn became freely available.
     
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  4. munchausen

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    Actually I found racial words to be more interesting. The dreaded "n-word" seems to ebb and flow, with high points in the late 1850s/early 1860s, the 30s, and the late 60s/early 70s.

    The word shemale is interesting because it was apparently fairly common in stereotypical "dialect" writing (mostly making fun of blacks, but also foreigners at times) for people who are trying to say "female" and so had a peak in the mid 19th century when assholes liked to write that shit. I ended up finding a book of humor written by university students in 1860, and those frat boys were all about the funny negro dialect.
     
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  5. razl

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    Google being Google, I suspect their analyzing what we're searching for. A look at that would interesting too; games within games...
     
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  6. razl

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    Please don't denigrate me like that; I have never set foot in an institution of (cough) "higher learning" and, Lord willin', never will.

    :fistbump:
     
  7. clee1982

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    When my father was learning English in Taiwan (mid to late 1960s as junior high, or mid 70s as college students), the "n-word" was being taught as the correct and respectable way to address African American. It was not in the curriculum, it was asked by the students to know what's the appropriate way to address someone. No idea where they got the idea, but It's probably a combination of US serviceman (until 1979) and English teacher/Professor who had gone to the US to study from 20s to 60s.
     
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  8. munchausen

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    also, the word "cocksucker" appears basically nowhere other than court records until the 1950s.

    And if you look at the word "fuck", the oldest uses don't seem to have anything to do with our current usage. In fact, at least some of them appear to me misreadings of old-timey letters, where "such" can look like "fuck"
     
  9. razl

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    This might explain why predominately African American rioting targets Asian businesses (OJ, Rodney King, LA Clippers... [/some snark]).
     
  10. Find Finn

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    Why parents don't teach their children how to deal with dogs.

    I daily have to explain to children that they can't just run up from behind and start groping the dog, they need to let it sniff their hand first etc.

    Also if you are afraid of dogs don't start running, it WILL run after you as it thinks it's a game.
     
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  11. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    So that's been my problem with women...
     
  12. VaderDave

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    I like it. I'm just scratching my head over the "pastries" part. It's not a word that comes up a lot in popular music. :D
     
  13. Blackhood

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    I think the same about many things. Why don't they tell them not to pick up random items in shops, not to talk to strangers, to look before crossing roads. It seems like a large number of people are willing to let their children learn by getting hurt.
     
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    I don't get this, either, especially since it's such a simple thing with big safety implications. From when he was an infant, we've always told my son to be cautious around dogs, not to sneak up on them, and to hold his hand out for them to sniff. It's really not hard. He's not perfect about it, because he's still a small child, but he's really good. One of the big positives about having taught it so young is that, even when he gets excited and forgets, he's apt to react very quickly when we remind him.


    I agree with both of you, for the most part, but you have to remember that these are still small children who are developing socially. Even kids who have been taught all of those lessons and follow them well are going to engage in those behaviors occasionally.
     
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    now this song must be found. damn it.
     
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    The word Fadango is in two of the songs ever written..

    Bohemian rhapsody and A whiter shade of pale..
     
  17. Find Finn

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    I usually refer to them as Darwins helpers and the only way to stop the world from being over populated by idiots.

    The crossing roads part is a part of 1st grade here, the police comes out and teaches kids how to act while walking on the street and then they get a "walking license".




    It truly bogles my mind, my dog is afraid of small children due to him being chased, as a puppy and them running up on him like that wont help their case, thankfully he just walks away from them.




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  18. munchausen

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    People who, when told that they have to go through a process to get X, respond by saying "WELL I GUESS I DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO X I THOUGHT THIS WAS A FREE COUNTRY I GUESS NOT NOW THAT OBUMMER/RETHUGLICANS RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE". It's like, I get your frustration with bureaucracy but grow the fuck up.
     
  19. Liam O

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    been in Copenhagen for a few days now. Thing I don't get: Copenhagen.
     
  20. Piobaire

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    Just remember this stuff impacts women and minorities harder.
     

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