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4th Jun '17 9:06:47 AM nombretomado
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* TVTropes itself contains an high percentage of articles where the word "said" is used before a noun, when a perfectly ordinary "the" would have communicated the point just fine, and been less awkward. The "said (noun)" construction appears to be gaining ground on the Internet in general, in an apparent attempt to make a statement sound either educated or sardonic, with [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement varying results]].

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* TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes itself contains an high percentage of articles where the word "said" is used before a noun, when a perfectly ordinary "the" would have communicated the point just fine, and been less awkward. The "said (noun)" construction appears to be gaining ground on the Internet in general, in an apparent attempt to make a statement sound either educated or sardonic, with [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement varying results]].
14th May '17 1:05:41 AM perfectpieces
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27th Apr '17 8:41:52 AM DastardlyDemolition
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''(Fisk gives him a weird look)''\\
'''Zak:''' What? It's a word...in British.

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''(Fisk -->'''Zak:'''[Fisk gives him a weird look)''\\
'''Zak:'''
look] What? It's a word...in British.
18th Mar '17 7:56:48 PM fireflyer
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* In ''Podcast/TheBrightSessions'':
-->'''Dr. Bright: '''That’s what Wadsworth would always say: “what’s impossible today is yesterday’s news tomorrow”.
-->'''Sam: '''What?
-->'''Dr. Bright: '''Exactly.
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6th Jan '17 10:01:30 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic absolutely skewers the trope, as it applies to big business (see Real Life below), in his song "Mission Statement". The best part is that he's using the buzz words and jargon correctly and coherently, it just boils down to an incredibly CaptainObvious set of mission statements like "We'll the make the most money by selling things we have to sell".

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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic absolutely skewers the trope, as it applies to big business (see Real Life below), in his song "Mission Statement". The best part is that he's using the buzz words and jargon correctly and coherently, it just boils down to an incredibly CaptainObvious set of mission statements like "We'll the make the most money by selling things we have to sell".
16th Nov '16 5:18:12 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Perhaps the most famous example from ''Series/DoctorWho''s half-century run: '''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe}} "There's nothing you can do to prevent the catharsis of spurious morality!"]]'''

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* Perhaps the most famous example from ''Series/DoctorWho''s ''Series/DoctorWho''[='=]s half-century run: '''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe}} "There's nothing you can do to prevent the catharsis of spurious morality!"]]'''
13th Nov '16 6:20:43 PM ading
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* Anytime anyone says to give a [[TwentyPercentMoreAwesome 110%]] effort. Logically, no one can give more than 100% of their true potential, since the definition of "potential" is the ''maximum possible'' you can give. However, it still works in the sense that no one really knows their true potential, so you ''can'' give 110% of your ''perceived'' potential (i.e. what you/people think your potential is), as long as it's not your ''true'' potential.
** It works as a hyperbole, however : you should know how much effort you can produce, so asking to do more than that is obvious exaggeration that rings more like "push your limits". Of course, if that becomes lost on somebody who doesn't understand the hyperbole, then yes it probably becomes meaningless.
28th Sep '16 11:21:38 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': The ancient mantra of the Knuckles Clan, "The servers are the seven chaos. Chaos is power, enriched by the heart. The controller is the one that unifies the chaos", became this in the comic. It came from the games, where it actually made sense, as it was saying (albeit in a somewhat cryptic way) that the seven [[MineralMacguffin Chaos Emeralds]] will lend their powers to their holder, these powers are activated and fueled by emotions, and the Master Emerald has control over them. But in the Archie Sonic universe, [[OrphanedReference Chaos Emeralds were far more numerous and disposable and had never been shown to react to emotions,]] [[AdaptationInducedPlothole and the Master Emerald didn't exist until recent years and wasn't anything really special, being just a large Chaos Emerald.]] The writers seemed to realize this (or perhaps [[TheyJustDidntCare they just didn't]] [[CriticalResearchFailure know the actual meaning...]]), as they tried to HandWave it by taking the first sentence a tad bit too literally and saying that it referred to seven [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Chao]] ''who were called the Seven Servers'' and had been transformed into seven Super Emeralds long ago. Too bad that this still left most of mantra unexplained and only resulted in it [[VoodooShark becoming even more confusing and nonsensical]]...

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* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': The ancient mantra of the Knuckles Clan, "The servers are the seven chaos. Chaos is power, enriched by the heart. The controller is the one that unifies the chaos", became this in the comic. It came from the games, where it actually made sense, as it was saying (albeit in a somewhat cryptic way) that the seven [[MineralMacguffin Chaos Emeralds]] will lend their powers to their holder, these powers are activated and fueled by emotions, and the Master Emerald has control over them. But in the Archie Sonic universe, [[OrphanedReference Chaos Emeralds were far more numerous and disposable and had never been shown to react to emotions,]] [[AdaptationInducedPlothole and the Master Emerald didn't exist until recent years and wasn't anything really special, being just a large Chaos Emerald.]] The writers seemed to realize this (or perhaps [[TheyJustDidntCare they just didn't]] didn't [[CriticalResearchFailure know the actual meaning...]]), as they tried to HandWave it by taking the first sentence a tad bit too literally and saying that it referred to seven [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Chao]] ''who were called the Seven Servers'' and had been transformed into seven Super Emeralds long ago. Too bad that this still left most of mantra unexplained and only resulted in it [[VoodooShark becoming even more confusing and nonsensical]]...
23rd Sep '16 12:16:03 PM SolipSchism
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Some people think that throwing around "meaningful" words such as "eternal", "chronicle", and so on makes language sound more important, more imposing, more... something. It's the same with uncalled-for synonyms, words such as "utilize" in place of "use", "dialogue" as a verb, and so on, [[DelusionsOfEloquence especially if they're used incorrectly]]. This can be used in both [[{{Malaproper}} character dialogue]] and narration.

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Some people think that throwing around "meaningful" words such as "eternal", "chronicle", and so on makes language sound more important, more imposing, more... something. It's the same with uncalled-for synonyms, words such as "utilize" in place of "use", "dialogue" as a verb, "said" (as in, "aforementioned") instead of "the", and so on, [[DelusionsOfEloquence especially if they're used incorrectly]]. This can be used in both [[{{Malaproper}} character dialogue]] and narration.
23rd Sep '16 12:08:03 PM SolipSchism
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Some people think that throwing around "meaningful" words such as "eternal", "chronicle", and so on makes language sound more important, more imposing, more... something. It's the same with uncalled-for synonyms, words such as "utilize" in place of "use", "dialogue" as a verb, "said" instead of "the," and so on, [[DelusionsOfEloquence especially if they're used incorrectly]]. This can be used in both [[{{Malaproper}} character dialogue]] and narration.

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Some people think that throwing around "meaningful" words such as "eternal", "chronicle", and so on makes language sound more important, more imposing, more... something. It's the same with uncalled-for synonyms, words such as "utilize" in place of "use", "dialogue" as a verb, "said" instead of "the," and so on, [[DelusionsOfEloquence especially if they're used incorrectly]]. This can be used in both [[{{Malaproper}} character dialogue]] and narration.
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