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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:kingnixon
Date:October 30th, 2003 10:08 pm (UTC)

Re: also

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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:ardentdelirium
Date:October 31st, 2003 11:40 am (UTC)

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then why was it included as part of the reply to me? whose side are you one? and it doesnt count as an invented word when its just a misspelling of a real word.
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From:johnbot
Date:October 31st, 2003 11:44 am (UTC)

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It was just an example of dictionaries being messed up.

Misspelling according to who? Is 'centre' not a word either because it's a variation?

I am on the side of me! I did vote woah though.
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From:ardentdelirium
Date:October 31st, 2003 12:59 pm (UTC)

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misspelling according to any dictionary ever. centre is the british spelling and thus is acceptable in countries speaking the queen's english but yes, is a misspelling in the US.
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From:johnbot
Date:October 31st, 2003 01:03 pm (UTC)

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Er, I wouldn't call "centre" incorrect in the US any more than "center" would be incorrect here, or "color", or any other US-butchered word. It's a spelling variation, but there's no requirement that you switch depending on the country you're in.
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From:ardentdelirium
Date:October 31st, 2003 01:09 pm (UTC)

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but you are not a standard of anything (other than Johny-ness) so it doesnt matter if you wouldnt consider it correct.
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From:kingnixon
Date:October 31st, 2003 11:45 am (UTC)

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of course it counts! the word "pea" was originally a misinterpretation of "pease", they thought it was plural when it wasn't
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From:ardentdelirium
Date:October 31st, 2003 01:00 pm (UTC)

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it doesnt count until its in the dictionary.
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From:johnbot
Date:October 31st, 2003 01:02 pm (UTC)

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That's silly.. if that were the case, new words would never make it into the dictionary because we wouldn't be allowed to use them. The dictionary is a reflection of our language, not the other way around.
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From:ardentdelirium
Date:October 31st, 2003 01:07 pm (UTC)

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no. dictionaries reflect the language, its true, however until a word enters the dictionary because its been used by millions of people in the same context, its not a word, its slang, a pop culture reference (such as 'doh') or, in the case of 'woah' a sign of the inability to spell correctly.
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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.

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