Were on page 5! Of people saying I have an opinion, but the subject doesn't matter.
I could rant about how stupid this is and really want to but I am trying to spend my time more constructively.
Now to go watch the latest extreme koala mma video.
I've never heard any guy say that they're pregnant. What does that even mean? That they have a big belly?
In this context though, we're having a discussion which aborts any attempt at a specific context, and are therefore talking about the general sentiment. As a general sentiment, I would rather people tried to use language in a manner that makes sense.
This is because, in my "later years", I've grown tired of the vast majority of empty-headed average joes and janes that seem utterly incapable of communicating without saying stuff that is complete inane in any and all senses of the word.
It truly is as George Carlin said about the average person, and the other half of the human population. So, with that being said, if I could say something to the world at this point in time, it would be "Fix your god damn grasp of linguistic essentials, and then learn to, at least, talk like a person who has the IQ necessary to open doors."
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Insert pseudo-philosophical quote here (and don't forget the italics): Be careful of how you misrepresent others, tomorrow or today, for the misrepresentation you now speak, may become the poison your enemies later seek; truth.
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pritty sure they made a movie with the terminator in it about this exact thing
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The "language ought to be used right" idea doesn't really convince me. Language in my point of view is an imaginary toolbox with infinite tools to pull out from. There is no "right or wrong" language. Whatever is effective, works.
Thank goodness it does, because otherwise we would be forced to use guttural sounds from the caveman times to communicate. It's not even possible to read Beowulf today, because there is no resemblance between old English and modern English at all. That's because the concept of using language "right" or "wrong" shows a naive idea of how language works. Words and meanings don't have a set strict definitions that logically binds them to represent reality in a rigid way.
Pregnant as Google shows conveniently simply means "before birth" (prae + gnasci). That's the root of the word. It's also why actually it can be used by everyone, without limiting it to being physically child-carrying.
Now it gets funny though:
"Gnatsci" is just a different form of natus. In truth, woman can't be pregnant, only the unborn can be. It is Woman who took the possession from the child. Your idea that pregnant means "carrying a child" is a false approbation already.
Last edited by Ronin; 06-16-2014 at 11:04 AM.