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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:johnbot
Date:October 31st, 2003 01:17 pm (UTC)

Re: also

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http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=d%27oh

The selection of a word by an elite group of individuals to be in the dictionary is not the point in which it becomes an actual word. Words are often in widespread use by many millions of people before they're even entered in the dictionary (if they ever are).

According to the dictionary, 'word' is defined as:

A sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning and may consist of a single morpheme or of a combination of morphemes.

Nothing in that says that a word needs to be officially sanctioned to exist, but only that it has to communicate a meaning. If we couldn't call that group of letters a word, what would we call it? "Woah" isn't a sign of an inability to spell, as Dan quite clearly demonstrated that he can spell "whoa". However, to use "whoa" to describe what Keanu was saying would be incorrect, just as it would be incorrect to transcribe a speech by G.W. and use "nuclear".
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From:ardentdelirium
Date:October 31st, 2003 01:56 pm (UTC)

Re: also

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I didn't say "d'oh" wasn't a word, I was using it as an example simply because it is a pop culture thing pretty much everyone recognizes.

why would using 'whoa' to describe what he says be incorrect? No one has proven that it is, in fact, 'woah' and if you had the resources to check the script (the real one--the ones transcribed on the internet Im sure have a mishmash of either) I'm willing to bet it says "whoa" and he says what they write for him.

When people transcribe Bush mispronouncing nuclear they still spell its nuclear because nucular is not a word.
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From:johnbot
Date:October 31st, 2003 02:09 pm (UTC)

Re: also

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It may not be incorrect, but wasn't that the purpose of this poll? Majority rules.

A lot of them, especially the sarcastic ones, will use "nucular". And I say, if the president of your country thinks nucular is a word, why shouldn't it be?

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