A Gentlecolt and a BardAll right, it seems that Meaningless Meaningful Words has a lot of complainings, and has decayed to "Complaining about Wording you Don't Like". Am I the only one who thinks a cleanup is in order?
Belted plaid and mane sae braw,
Bonny Pony, Skyland Pony,
Have yet been at Canterlot,
Bonny Pony, Skyland Pony?
A Wizard boyLooking at the examples, I don't see much of complaining.
Ice!Same here. Just because it doesn't exactly explain in detail why the "meaningful words" are meaningless, doesn't mean it's complaining
And even if the examples are negative, that's not really a problem because this is an inherently negative trope. The problem though is when people interpret "meaningless meaningful words" as "bad dialog" and use it for irrelevant complaints. Some misuse on the main page:
A Wizard boyI did a huge cleaning, including some of the items mentioned ^ - the others will be pulled through the Real Life Section Maintenance topic.
I can spot quite a few more bad examples in just a glance.
A Wizard boyCan you pinpoint which examples?
One of the Real Life examples given is the use of 'full stop', in spit of TV Tropes being 'a website, not a telegram'. Although in North America the common name is 'period', in British English 'full stop' is actually the most-used term and so this is not so much Meaningless Meaningful Words as Separated by a Common Language.
In TV Tropes usage it's more of a meme than anything else. Still a bad example, but not because "well, Britain uses it all the time", more because it's not even trying to be meaningful (unless it's used because people think British usages are more "distinguished"). It's less Meaningless Meaningful Words or Separated by a Common Language than it is just plain Word Cruft.
edited 30th Dec '13 8:40:37 AM by MorganWick
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