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October 30th, 2003


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11:23 pm - proper!
Poll #198789 my linguistic variation like..

which is the thing keanu reeves says all the time?

whoa
15(60.0%)
woah
10(40.0%)

(30 shots upside the head | en garde!)

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From:ardentdelirium
Date:October 30th, 2003 09:04 pm (UTC)
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From:kingnixon
Date:October 30th, 2003 09:07 pm (UTC)
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but they do not give the definition that i am referring to. that is a different word
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From:ardentdelirium
Date:October 30th, 2003 09:09 pm (UTC)
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what is the definition as you use it? because stop/hold/all that is totally how its used, just in a different context than stopping a horse. its like "whoa, check it out" you are calling other people's attention to it, to stop what they are doing and notice whatever it is thats making you 'whoa.'

and since woah IS NOT A WORD it doesnt matter that the definition is incorrect.

also, dont make me bust out the slang dictionary, ho.
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From:ardentdelirium
Date:October 30th, 2003 10:21 pm (UTC)
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the person who transcribed the song used a word that DOES NOT EXIST
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From:ardentdelirium
Date:October 30th, 2003 09:15 pm (UTC)

also

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http://www.slangsite.com/slang/W.html scroll down to whoa, you'll see there it is.
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From:kingnixon
Date:October 30th, 2003 10:08 pm (UTC)

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a) in one of their examples they USE WOAH
b) i refuse to trust the authority of any site that contains the following:

wabalaba: A greeting, like hello or aloha.
Example: Wabalaba.
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From:ardentdelirium
Date:October 30th, 2003 10:09 pm (UTC)

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a) there is no definition for "woah" because IT IS NOT A WORD THEREFORE CANNOT BE CORRECT
b) then it doesnt matter that there is an example that says woah
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From:johnbot
Date:October 31st, 2003 11:20 am (UTC)

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If that's the case, I can't say "hizzy"[1]. Words are invented all the time. Also, Keanu can use words that don't exist, because he is very, very stupid. On first glance, I was going to choose "whoa". However, Joey Lawrence says "whoa", whereas Keanu uses something that clearly has more of an H-iness at the end. To call that "whoa" would be more incorrect than saying that he used a word that may technically not exist in formal dictionaries.[2]

[1] I really shouldn't anyway, given that I make snow look tanned.
[2] Didn't dictionary.com say that IX was a word back when we were playing scrabble?
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From:ardentdelirium
Date:October 31st, 2003 11:22 am (UTC)

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IX? Scrabble? what?
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From:johnbot
Date:October 31st, 2003 11:24 am (UTC)

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When dan and I used to play scrabble, we'd use dictionary.com as the arbitor of any disputes. Go look up IX. I think it means 9. ;)
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From:corsac
Date:October 30th, 2003 11:12 pm (UTC)

Wabalaba there!

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That is my new favorite greeting.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 1st, 2003 01:17 pm (UTC)

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Whoa is definitely the right spelling. I can't see a real distinction between them according to any criteria (pronounciation, usage, other versions of English, etc). Therefore they are the SAME word used by the SAME group of people, except some of those people suck at spelling. Yes, people will understand what you mean if you write woah, but that doesn't mean that it's a legitimate spelling. In most actual novels, the word is spelled whoa. Some words do have multiple spellings (OK and okay) that are used with the pretty much the same frequency. No one uses woah in writing. You want a democratic judgment, try reading through all the books EVER and counting the woah's vs. whoa's. I bet you will LOSE.
--Jenn
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From:kingnixon
Date:November 7th, 2003 08:37 am (UTC)

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books are the last place i would look at for a democratic judgment, they go through multiple layers of reading and choosing and proofreading and editting and what have you. if there was a way to search worldwide AIM logs, that would be neat. but i just searched the net instead (google), and got:

woah 188,000
whoa 680,000

so 'woah' is about 28% of common usage (as opposed to the apparently 40% of my readership). i think that's respectable
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From:zombeer
Date:November 1st, 2003 08:42 pm (UTC)
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hehe
you guys are neat

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