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#21027 - 03/03/01 06:22 PM There's a name for this
Father Steve Offline
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While attending the King County Bar Association's 2001 Bench-Bar Conference today, my mind slipped away from the weighty subjects on which a splendid array of speakers held forth, and concentrated instead on how they chewed up the English language. Joseph D, Lehman, the Secretary of the State Department of Corrections (which runs all the prisons) used two interesting words: "anominity" -- which is, I suppose, a state of mental and emotion upset resulting from a loss of values -- and "phenomenom" -- which may mean a word used to describe an observable event. The Hon. Michael J. Fox, Judge of the King County Superior Court, used the word "crooshible" to descibe a situation which puts one to the test.

There is a name for this.






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#21028 - 03/03/01 08:55 PM Re: There's a name for this
AnnaStrophic Offline
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internal sort-of Spoonerism?

[unabashedly slouching toward OldHandhood]


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#21029 - 03/03/01 09:09 PM Re: There's a name for this
tsuwm Offline
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ASp,

there's another way to pile up the posts: variations on a theme; to wit - OldHand, ColdHand, CoolHand(Luke), SlowHand(Clapton), etc. HTH.


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#21030 - 03/03/01 09:14 PM Re: There's a name for this
tsuwm Offline
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>there is a name for this.

sounds like mala praxis to me.


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#21031 - 03/03/01 10:22 PM Re: There's a name for this
Capital Kiwi Offline
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A high court judge here some weeks ago accused a convicted something-or-other of "machismacho". Seems to me that's a really bad dose of machismo.

Perhaps if judges make law, they also believe they can make language?

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#21032 - 03/04/01 01:37 PM Re: There's a name for this
wwh Offline
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How about malneologism? or caconeologism?


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#21033 - 03/04/01 02:58 PM Re: There's a name for this
Rapunzel Offline
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How about ignorance?


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#21034 - 03/04/01 03:42 PM Re: There's a name for this
Shoshannah Offline
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Father Steve - I wouldn't say there's anything wrong, exactly, only question where these guys were when the earthquake struck! Could be that portion of the brain which regulates word formation (or something extremely scientific and biological like that) was sent slightly askew and hasn't yet recovered?

And there IS a word for this. I believe it is malapropism even if unintentional!?!

What do I win? [feeling better about herself emoticon] Or was that from the other post?

Shoshannah

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#21035 - 03/04/01 03:51 PM Re: There's a name for this
wwh Offline
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The word malapropism originally referred to misuse of words by ignorant persons. Father Steve is giving examples of atrocities committed by educated persons.


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#21036 - 03/04/01 04:02 PM Re: There's a name for this
Shoshannah Offline
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In reply to:

Father Steve is giving examples of atrocities committed by educated persons. emphasis mine


Okay - but the real question here is the 'educational level' of those in question - after all - they are lawyers, judges and such... right? Of course, right!

Yeah yeah yeah - no remarks - "some of my best friends are lawyers"

Shoshannah

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