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8th Mar '16 3:24:55 PM margdean56
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As an interesting aside, in his academic book ''Studies On Words,'' Creator/CSLewis points out that this kind of meaning shift is very valuable to lexicographers who are trying to pinpoint a word's historical usage: A GrammarNazi might say, for instance, "Immorality doesn't mean the same as lechery" because the word does often get (mis)used that way; they wouldn't say "Coalbox doesn't mean the same as hippopotamus" because nobody has ever confused those words. In other words, someone protesting that a word "does not mean X" is evidence that somebody else ''has'' been using it to mean X, which is what lexicographers look for.

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As an interesting aside, in his academic book ''Studies On In Words,'' Creator/CSLewis points out that this kind of meaning shift is very valuable to lexicographers who are trying to pinpoint a word's historical usage: A GrammarNazi might say, for instance, "Immorality doesn't mean the same as lechery" because the word does often get (mis)used that way; they wouldn't say "Coalbox doesn't mean the same as hippopotamus" because nobody has ever confused those words. In other words, someone protesting that a word "does not mean X" is evidence that somebody else ''has'' been using it to mean X, which is what lexicographers look for.
26th Sep '15 8:40:03 AM DelShiftB
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In some rare cases, the opposite may happen: a shorter word may be replaced by a longer one, either coined or borrowed, because the writer thinks [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness using longer words]] [[DelusionsOfEloquence makes his character (or himself) seem more intelligent]]. See "irregardless" below for an example of pompous writers trying to create a word; compare PerfectlyCromulentWord.

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In some rare cases, the opposite may happen: a shorter word may be replaced by a longer one, either coined or borrowed, because the writer thinks [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness using longer words]] [[DelusionsOfEloquence makes his character (or himself) seem more intelligent]]. See "irregardless" below (in the less pedantic subpage) for an example of pompous writers trying to create a word; compare PerfectlyCromulentWord.
6th Aug '15 7:53:55 AM Jeduthun
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When this happens InUniverse because someone has an inflated estimation of their own vocabulary, it's DelusionsOfEloquence or {{Malaproper}}. If it happens in a foreign language, it's MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels. When it's applied to tropes on this wiki, you get SquarePegRoundTrope.

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When this happens InUniverse because someone has an inflated estimation of their own vocabulary, it's DelusionsOfEloquence or {{Malaproper}}. If it happens in a foreign language, it's MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels. When it's applied to tropes on this wiki, you get SquarePegRoundTrope. When someone insists on doing this even after the confusion is pointed out, they're using a PersonalDictionary.
6th Aug '15 6:07:20 AM Jeduthun
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As an interesting aside, in his academic book ''Studies On Words,'' Creator/CSLewis points out that this kind of meaning shift is very valuable to lexicographers who are trying to pinpoint a word's historical usage: A GrammarNazi might say, for instance, "Immorality doesn't mean the same as lechery" because the word does often get (mis)used that way; they wouldn't say "Coalbox doesn't mean the same as hippopotamus" because there's no possibility of confusion. In other words, someone protesting that a word "does not mean X" is evidence that somebody else ''has'' been using it to mean X, which is what lexicographers look for.

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As an interesting aside, in his academic book ''Studies On Words,'' Creator/CSLewis points out that this kind of meaning shift is very valuable to lexicographers who are trying to pinpoint a word's historical usage: A GrammarNazi might say, for instance, "Immorality doesn't mean the same as lechery" because the word does often get (mis)used that way; they wouldn't say "Coalbox doesn't mean the same as hippopotamus" because there's no possibility of confusion.nobody has ever confused those words. In other words, someone protesting that a word "does not mean X" is evidence that somebody else ''has'' been using it to mean X, which is what lexicographers look for.
9th Jun '15 6:53:12 PM eroock
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-->--'''Inigo Montoya''', ''Film/ThePrincessBride''

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-->--'''Inigo -->-- '''Inigo Montoya''', ''Film/ThePrincessBride''
14th Apr '15 8:46:26 AM Jeduthun
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In some rare cases, the opposite may happen: a shorter word may be replaced by a longer one, either coined or borrowed, because the writer thinks [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness using longer words makes his character (or himself) seem more intelligent]]. See "irregardless" below for an example of pompous writers trying to create a word.

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In some rare cases, the opposite may happen: a shorter word may be replaced by a longer one, either coined or borrowed, because the writer thinks [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness using longer words words]] [[DelusionsOfEloquence makes his character (or himself) seem more intelligent]]. See "irregardless" below for an example of pompous writers trying to create a word.
word; compare PerfectlyCromulentWord.
21st Mar '15 7:36:32 AM bwburke94
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Language evolves. Over time, as people speak a language, some of its words take on new meanings, and the old meanings may fall into disuse. Sometimes the new usages become mainstream; when was the last time you heard someone (who wasn't trying to be funny -- and likely failing) use "[[HaveAGayOldTime gay]]" to mean anything other than "homosexual" or as a disparaging term?[[note]](Ironically, this usage of the word is better known by many as "ghey")[[/note]] Sometimes, things are more... contentious.

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->''"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."''
-->--'''Inigo Montoya''', ''Film/ThePrincessBride''

Language evolves. Over time, as people speak a language, some of its words take on new meanings, and the old meanings may fall into disuse. Sometimes the new usages become mainstream; when was the last time you heard someone (who wasn't trying to be funny -- and likely failing) use "[[HaveAGayOldTime gay]]" to mean anything other than "homosexual" or as a disparaging term?[[note]](Ironically, this term?[[note]](This usage of the word is better known by many as "ghey")[[/note]] Sometimes, things are more... contentious.
8th Mar '15 2:16:23 PM Adept
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->''"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."''
-->-- '''[[DashingHispanic Inigo Montoya]]''', ''Film/ThePrincessBride''
8th Mar '15 11:31:01 AM MyTimingIsOff
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->''"You keep using that word. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk I do not think it means what you think it means.]]"''

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->''"You keep using that word. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk I do not think it means what you think it means.]]"''"''
3rd Dec '14 6:25:20 PM SWFMax
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->''"[[TropeNamer You keep using that word.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk I do not think it means what you think it means.]]"''

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->''"[[TropeNamer You ->''"You keep using that word.]] word. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk I do not think it means what you think it means.]]"''
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