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    Origin of words....

    anyone know if there is one organization that, basically decides what words mean what? I know some folks who want to argue the meanings of words, and I want to point them to the folks who would know, other than dictionary, and etymology .coms, as they have no way to contact them via email.Thanks for any help.



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    Re: Origin of words....

    Uh, what's wrong with a printed dictionary? It's a pretty legit source...

    Society can change the meaning of words over time. For example, the word "entitlement" didn't have any negative connotation 20 years ago. Now it's a very negatively-charged word, especially when used in political context. Dictionaries can and have changed the definitions of words based on the era.


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    Re: Origin of words....

    The only one you need:

    urbandictionary.com

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    Re: Origin of words....

    Not sure what the organization is that decides what words mean, but I'm pretty sure my wife is a member.



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    Re: Origin of words....

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Not sure what the organization is that decides what words mean, but I'm pretty sure my wife is a member.
    NICE ONE! If she doesn't read Cylonefanantic.


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    Re: Origin of words....

    Quote Originally Posted by mkadl View Post
    NICE ONE! If she doesn't read Cylonefanantic.
    She does not. I once made the mistake of starting a thread to win points with her, and you guys took it over and made me have "a conversation" with her . Specifically, I announced that I was getting married, and by the time she checked it, there was speculation as to about 50 different women that it could be.



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    Re: Origin of words....

    That age old arbiter, the OED.



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    Re: Origin of words....

    Quote Originally Posted by besserheimerphat View Post
    Uh, what's wrong with a printed dictionary? It's a pretty legit source...

    Society can change the meaning of words over time. For example, the word "entitlement" didn't have any negative connotation 20 years ago. Now it's a very negatively-charged word, especially when used in political context. Dictionaries can and have changed the definitions of words based on the era.
    I was wondering if there is an organization that decides what goes into the dictionaries and thesauruses, I havent been able to find one, must just be "by committee" at each company then. Thanks anyways.



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    Re: Origin of words....

    Here's something interesting that is somewhat related to this topic.
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