History YouKeepUsingThatWord / LessPedantic

23rd Apr '16 10:11:48 PM SCE2AUX
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* '''Venomous''' and '''poisonous''' are not interchangeable, which is a common mistake in usage. ''Venomous'' means the subject has the ability to actively transmit poison. ''Poisonous'' means the subject transmits poison passively (ie. is eaten). Therefore, a poisonous snake means that it will poison those eating it, while a venomous snake means it will poison its victims by biting them and injecting toxins. Some confusion is understandable, as venomous creatures are usually also poisonous, but they're not the same thing.

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* '''Venomous''' and '''poisonous''' are not interchangeable, which is a common mistake in usage. ''Venomous'' means the subject has the ability to actively transmit poison. ''Poisonous'' means the subject transmits poison passively (ie. is eaten). Therefore, a poisonous snake means that it will poison those eating it, while a venomous snake means it will poison its victims by biting them and injecting toxins. Some confusion is understandable, as venomous creatures are usually also poisonous, but they're not the same thing. "If it bites you and you die, it's venomous. If you bite it and you die, it's poisonous."
13th Apr '16 4:26:31 PM HighCrate
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* Similarly, there appears to be a confusion about the words '''sexism''' and '''misogyny'''. Sexism is discrimination and stereotyping based on sex, and encompasses all forms of discrimination based on sex (indeed, even men who believe that women are inherently better than men, for example). '''Misogyny''' strictly speaking means hatred of women, but currently it's used to include contempt for and disrespect for women as well. Some people use '''misandry''' to mean similar bigotry against men.
** Nor is sexism ''always'' hatred of a gender. Many case of paternalism, such as insisting that men should always open doors for women, are sexist because they imply women are fragile creatures not capable of taking care of themselves, but not technically misogynistic as they do not stem from a hatred of women.
** For the record, there is no equivalent term to "misogyny" or "misandry" for the hatred of non-binary people. However, as they are, necessarily, transgender, '''transphobia''' will cover all your bases on that ground. '''Binarism''' at first glance would seem to be an equivalent term, however, its actual meaning is much more complex than that, describing the issues stemming from the European gender binary being forcibly imposed on cultures which had already set up a different system which worked for them, and is more closely related to colonialism than transphobia, though it has elements of both.
* '''UsefulNotes/{{Feminism}}''' often gets misuse for '''misandry'''. Feminism is the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men and nothing more. Unfortunately, due to a VocalMinority of feminists who tend to skew issues into an "us vs them" rhetoric, their advocacy for equality is often conflated with outright hatred for men.
** Occasionally in feminist discussion online, you'll come across an ArgumentOfContradictions to the effect of "misandry is real!" / "no it isn't!" repeated ad infinitum. The reason for this is usually a definition mismatch. People claiming misandry ''is'' real are using the simple "hatred" meaning described above, and man-haters definitely exist. People claiming "misandry" is ''not'' real use "misogyny" to refer to institutionalized, historically codified, sex-based oppression of women, and a comparably widespread, deep-seated, sex-based oppression of men does not exist.

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* Similarly, there There appears to be a confusion about the words '''sexism''' and '''misogyny'''. Sexism is discrimination and stereotyping based on sex, and encompasses all forms of discrimination based on sex (indeed, even men who believe that women are inherently better than men, for example). '''Misogyny''' strictly speaking means hatred of women, but currently it's used to include contempt for and disrespect for women as well. Some people use '''misandry''' to mean similar bigotry against men.
** Nor is sexism ''always''
are hatred of a gender. Many case of paternalism, such as insisting that men should always open doors for women, are sexist because they imply women are fragile creatures not capable of taking care of themselves, but not technically misogynistic and men respectively. Some dictionaries have expanded this to include deep-seated prejudice against women or men respectively (so a womanizer who sees women only as they do not stem from a hatred of women.
** For the record, there is no equivalent term to "misogyny" or "misandry" for the hatred of non-binary people. However, as they are, necessarily, transgender, '''transphobia''' will cover all your bases on that ground. '''Binarism''' at first glance
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* '''UsefulNotes/{{Feminism}}''' often gets misuse misused for '''misandry'''. Feminism is the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men and nothing more. Unfortunately, due to a VocalMinority of feminists who tend to skew issues into an "us vs them" rhetoric, their advocacy for equality is often conflated with outright hatred for men.
** Occasionally in feminist discussion online, you'll come across an ArgumentOfContradictions to the effect of "misandry is real!" / "no it isn't!" repeated ad infinitum. The reason for this is usually a definition mismatch. People claiming misandry ''is'' real are using the simple "hatred" meaning described above, and man-haters definitely exist. People claiming "misandry" is ''not'' real use "misogyny" to refer to institutionalized, historically codified, sex-based oppression of women, and a comparably widespread, deep-seated, sex-based oppression of men does not exist.
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13th Apr '16 3:47:17 PM ailuros
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** Occasionally in feminist discussion online, you'll come across an ArgumentOfContradictions to the effect of "misandry is real!" / "no it isn't!" repeated ad infinitum. The reason for this is usually a definition mismatch. People claiming misandry ''is'' real are using the simple "hatred" meaning described above, and man-haters definitely exist. People claiming "misandry" is ''not'' real use "misogyny" to refer to institutionalized, worldwide, sex-based oppression of women, and a comparably widespread, deep-seated, sex-based oppression of men does not exist.

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** Occasionally in feminist discussion online, you'll come across an ArgumentOfContradictions to the effect of "misandry is real!" / "no it isn't!" repeated ad infinitum. The reason for this is usually a definition mismatch. People claiming misandry ''is'' real are using the simple "hatred" meaning described above, and man-haters definitely exist. People claiming "misandry" is ''not'' real use "misogyny" to refer to institutionalized, worldwide, historically codified, sex-based oppression of women, and a comparably widespread, deep-seated, sex-based oppression of men does not exist.
13th Apr '16 3:45:00 PM ailuros
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* Similarly, there appears to be a confusion about the words '''sexism''' and '''misogyny'''. Sexism is discrimination and stereotyping based on sex, and encompasses all forms of discrimination based on sex (indeed, even men who believe that women are inherently better than men, for example). '''Misogyny''' and '''misandry''' are hatred of women and men respectively. Some dictionaries have expanded this to include deep-seated prejudice against women or men respectively (so a womanizer who sees women only as sex objects would be a misogynist, despite his claims to love women).
** Nor is sexism ''always'' either misandry or misogyny. Many case of paternalism, such as insisting that men should always open doors for women, are sexist because they imply women are fragile creatures not capable of taking care of themselves, but not technically misogynistic as they do not stem from a hatred of women.

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* Similarly, there appears to be a confusion about the words '''sexism''' and '''misogyny'''. Sexism is discrimination and stereotyping based on sex, and encompasses all forms of discrimination based on sex (indeed, even men who believe that women are inherently better than men, for example). '''Misogyny''' strictly speaking means hatred of women, but currently it's used to include contempt for and disrespect for women as well. Some people use '''misandry''' are hatred of women and men respectively. Some dictionaries have expanded this to include deep-seated prejudice mean similar bigotry against women or men respectively (so a womanizer who sees women only as sex objects would be a misogynist, despite his claims to love women).
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** Nor is sexism ''always'' either misandry or misogyny.hatred of a gender. Many case of paternalism, such as insisting that men should always open doors for women, are sexist because they imply women are fragile creatures not capable of taking care of themselves, but not technically misogynistic as they do not stem from a hatred of women.



** Occasionally in feminist discussion online, you'll come across an ArgumentOfContradictions to the effect of "misandry is real!" / "no it isn't!" repeated ad infinitum. The reason for this is usually a definition mismatch. The person claiming misandry ''is'' real is using the simple "hatred of men" definition given above, which is a real thing just about everywhere. The person claiming it ''isn't'' real is using "misandry" as shorthand for ''institutionalized'' misandry, which many feminists believe is less widespread a problem than institutionalized misogyny, which in turn can lead to the hyperbolic belief that it does not exist, period.

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** Occasionally in feminist discussion online, you'll come across an ArgumentOfContradictions to the effect of "misandry is real!" / "no it isn't!" repeated ad infinitum. The reason for this is usually a definition mismatch. The person People claiming misandry ''is'' real is are using the simple "hatred of men" definition given "hatred" meaning described above, which is a real thing just about everywhere. The person and man-haters definitely exist. People claiming it ''isn't'' real is using "misandry" as shorthand for ''institutionalized'' misandry, which many feminists believe is less widespread a problem than institutionalized misogyny, which in turn can lead ''not'' real use "misogyny" to the hyperbolic belief that it refer to institutionalized, worldwide, sex-based oppression of women, and a comparably widespread, deep-seated, sex-based oppression of men does not exist, period.exist.
1st Apr '16 12:24:55 PM Wereboar
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* '''Geneva Conventions''' are the international conventions binding their signatories to observe specific conduct toward refugees, captives and prisoners in the time of war. It has nothing to do with the agreement to abstain from the use of some types of weapons as this subject is covered by the '''Hague Conventions'''.
15th Feb '16 1:25:20 PM TARINunit9
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* '''Parasite''' is sometimes used, especially in fiction, to refer to something that drains life from its host, even to the point of death. Real parasites try not to kill their hosts; lethal "parasites" are actually called pathogens ([[TheVirus diseases]]) or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitoid parasitoids]].

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* '''Parasite''' is sometimes used, especially in fiction, to refer to something that drains life from its host, even to the point of death. Real parasites try not to kill their hosts; lethal "parasites" are actually called pathogens ([[TheVirus ([[ThePlague diseases]]) or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitoid parasitoids]].
15th Feb '16 1:23:28 PM TARINunit9
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* '''Parasite''' is sometimes used, especially in fiction, to refer to something that drains life from its host, even to the point of death. Real parasites try not to kill their hosts; lethal "parasites" are actually called pathogens ([[TheVirus diseases]]) or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitoid parasitoids]].
15th Feb '16 7:07:27 AM Mad_Spy
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* '''Faze''' vs. '''Phase'''. '''Faze''' is a verb which means "to be disturbed or disconcerted". '''Phase''' (as a verb) means "to schedule something to be available when or as needed".



* '''Populous''' vs '''Populace'''. '''Populous''' means being full of residents (or a [[VideoGame/{{Populous}} game series]]). The '''populace''' ''is'' all of those residents together.
14th Feb '16 10:11:58 PM Kadorhal
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** A '''stock''' is the part of a rifle, shotgun, or occasionally SMG or pistol that is braced against the shoulder; a '''grip''' is the part that is actually, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin gripped]]—it's specifically the part of the gun that is held by the hand that pulls the trigger, and includes the trigger itself. The stock and grip are together part of the '''receiver''', the framework that holds the whole thing together (often called a '''frame''' on handguns).

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** A '''stock''' is the part of a rifle, shotgun, or occasionally SMG or pistol that is braced against the shoulder; a '''grip''' is the part that is actually, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin gripped]]—it's specifically the part of the gun that is held by the hand that pulls the trigger, and includes the trigger itself.itself (though sometimes also used as a shortened form of "foregrip", the part of a long gun that is held by the off-hand to steady the weapon). The stock and grip are together part of the '''receiver''', the framework that holds the whole thing together (often called a '''frame''' on handguns).



** Another way to think of it is that a "high caliber bullet" will ''generally'' be fired from a bigger gun. However, caliber has nothing to do with strength ''by itself''. If you're trying to say that a high caliber hand gun is more powerful than a low caliber rifle, chances are that you're ''wrong''. Unless you want to get into the specifics of grain count, rifling twist, bullet velocity and weight, you're better off assuming that hand guns are less powerful than rifles.

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** Another way to think of it is that a "high caliber bullet" will ''generally'' be fired from a bigger gun. However, caliber has nothing to do with strength ''by itself''.itself'' - if anything, the length of the cartridge (i.e. how much space there is in the casing for gunpowder behind the bullet) has more to do with the energy the bullet imparts on a target than the diameter of the bullet. If you're trying to say that a high caliber hand gun is more powerful than a low caliber rifle, chances are that you're ''wrong''. Unless you want to get into the specifics of grain count, rifling twist, bullet velocity and weight, you're better off assuming that hand guns handguns are less powerful than rifles.



* '''Impeach''' does not mean to remove someone from office. Impeachment is the process by which an individual is put on trial for unlawful activity. So Congress did not "try to impeach" Bill Clinton, they did. He was not removed from office, though.

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* '''Impeach''' does not mean to remove someone from office. Impeachment is the process by which an individual is put on trial for unlawful activity. So Congress did not "try "''try'' to impeach" Bill Clinton, they did. He was not removed from office, though.
4th Feb '16 7:35:05 PM Eagal
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** Similarly, people often use '''discrimination''' to mean negative treatment based on prejudice. In fact, discrimination simply means ''any'' differential treatment, regardless of what such differentiation is based on or whether such treatment is positive or negative. Which is why we have an article for PositiveDiscrimination. Discrimination can and is perfectly rational and justifiable in many situations: for instance, the practice of hiring the more qualified candidate for a job is a form of discrimination. Another example would be to discriminate between foods one likes and doesn't like (i.e. ordering the strawberry shortcake over the apple pie because you do not like cinnamon)--this last sort of "discrimination" is why "discriminating" is a compliment in dealing with matters of taste (e.g. the ''discriminating'' wine-drinker can tell the ''Grand Cru'' Bordeaux from the [[ATankardOfMooseUrine plonk]], and is considered to have Good Taste because he "discriminates" in favour of the former over the latter).

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** Similarly, people often use '''discrimination''' to mean negative treatment based on prejudice. In fact, discrimination simply means ''any'' differential treatment, regardless of what such differentiation is based on or whether such treatment is positive or negative. Which is why we have an article for PositiveDiscrimination. Discrimination can and is perfectly rational and justifiable in many situations: for instance, the practice of hiring the more qualified candidate for a job is a form of discrimination. Another example would be to discriminate between foods one likes and doesn't like (i.e. ordering the strawberry shortcake over the apple pie because you do not like cinnamon)--this last sort of "discrimination" is why "discriminating" is a compliment in dealing with matters of taste (e.g. the ''discriminating'' wine-drinker can tell the ''Grand Cru'' Bordeaux from the [[ATankardOfMooseUrine plonk]], and is considered to have Good Taste because he "discriminates" in favour of the former over the latter). You will often see this used correctly in military contexts. If armed forces are said to be indiscriminate, they have crossed the MoralEventHorizon.



*** You will often see this used correctly in military contexts. If armed forces are said to be indiscriminate, they have crossed the MoralEventHorizon.
*** "Reverse Racism" is supposed to mean when an assumed minority (or more appropriately, dominated category: while black people were always a majority in South Africa, they were very much a dominated category in South Africa under the Apartheid) acts racist towards majority members, an assumption that a majority member is being racist to a minority member when in fact they're showing them preference. It's also used pejoratively when a majority member feels that they are being discriminated against because they are in the majority. These are all cases of racism; reverse racism would logically be the same as total equality.
*** Bigtroy when dislike of people different than yourself veers towards intolerance. Racism is system designed to belittle a group of people based on things largely outside of their control. They do work well together but it is possible for someone who is not necessarily a bigot to still possess very racist ideologies (commonly telegraphed by "I'm not a racist but..")

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*** You will often see this used correctly in military contexts. If armed forces are said to be indiscriminate, they have crossed the MoralEventHorizon.
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** "Reverse Racism" is supposed to mean when an assumed minority (or more appropriately, dominated category: while black people were always a majority in South Africa, they were very much a dominated category in South Africa under the Apartheid) acts racist towards majority members, an assumption that a majority member is being racist to a minority member when in fact they're showing them preference. It's also used pejoratively when a majority member feels that they are being discriminated against because they are in the majority. These are all cases of racism; reverse racism would logically be the same as total equality.
*** Bigtroy when dislike ** '''Bigotry''' is often generalized into discrimination of people different any kind. In actuality, [[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bigotry bigotry]] is merely intolerance of beliefs other than yourself veers towards intolerance. Racism is system designed to belittle a group of people based on things largely outside of their control. They do work well together but it is possible for someone who is one's own. Other factors, such as race, are not necessarily a bigot relevant to still possess very racist ideologies (commonly telegraphed by "I'm not a racist but..")the designation.
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