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WORDS AND THEIR USES
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This thread is for questions you have about words. Help out others and get help.
If you have a thought or you're trying to search for the "proper" word for an abstraction, post what you're looking for here. And anything related.

I'll start, I'm looking for a sonorous-sounding synonym for "seating area", or just another word for that. There must be several different specific name for an area with seats
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>>7625371
room
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>>7625377
I'm thinking more like 'patio' but a better word
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>>7625371
Auditorium? - or Veranda, maybe. Room does have a nice swoop to it, but it's an emphasis most readers aren't going to hear.

Request...
Colors with a bit more to them, both in sound and in hue. Not stuff like pink or purple or yellow; stuff like rosé or mauve or ocher.
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>>7625818
I'm lazy but here's some possibly helpful lyrics from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

red and yellow and green and brown
And scarlet and black and ocher and peach
And ruby and olive and violet and fawn
And lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve
And cream and crimson and silver and rose
And azure and lemon and russet and grey
And purple and white and pink and orange
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>>7625831
> red and yellow and green and brown
wowie thanks anon
I never actually knew that 'fawn' was a color though, and I've somehow never heard 'russet' before, so a non-sarcastic thanks, anon
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>>7625371

Salon?
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Hall?
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>>7625371
Odeum
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>>7625371
amphitheatre
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>>7625371
Patio.
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Two words I never understood the meaning of, even after looking them up on the dictionary

Irony
Pretentious

The textbook definitions do not seem to match their common everyday usage.
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>>7625818
>Colors with a bit more to them, both in sound and in hue
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_colors:_A–F
Get blown away, I've used this list hundreds of times in my writing and poetry.

>>7625952
>Irony
When something means something other than intended, in a humorous way.

>Pretentious
Something that is affected, something that is put on for the intention of an air of sophistication
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>>7625818
>Veranda
So far this is the nicest, would like some more options though
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>>7626127
Dais?
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I was wondering if it was just me or does the word 'Appropriate' have connotations of use in it? As in you copy someone's abilities?
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>>7626212
Not sure what you're saying. But-
Appropriate as an adjective just means something is good or fitting or proper
Appropriate as a verb means to imitate or mimic someone else's work, ie. cultural appropriation might be carving totem poles and selling them for profit when you're not a native. Nowawadays I hear people using 'appropriate' as a verb to just mean "adopt" something (a style, etc.) so go ahead and follow the cultural grain of thought and use it like that if you want
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>>7626225
>appropriate as a verb
>uses it as a noun

???
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>>7626249
tumblr feminists do that.
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>>7625371
seating area? immediate seating area? george carlin joke? how about assplace, or buttcove, or rumpgully?
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fannycaddy?
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thongthrong?
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semen demen?
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>>7627031
>rumpgully
nice
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Are there any synonyms for smile? My characters smile a lot and it's a little repetitive.
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>>7625371
she has the same shape as the book too
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>>7625371

I'll just post this here:

WHY ARE SO MANY RETARDS FUCKING UP WORDS NOW? I UNDERSTAND ETYMOLOGY BUT JESUS CHRIST CAN YOU FUCKING USE A WORD CORRECTLY

EPIC DOES NOT MEAN AWESOME

THIRD WORLD DOES NOT MEAN ANY SHIT COUNTRY YOU THINK

EVEN FUCKING FAGGOTS WITH "AUTHORITY" ON TELEVISION WILL SAY STUPID SHIT AND THE REST OF THE MORONS WILL PARROT IT AD INFINITUM

WHEN WILL IT END
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>>7627803
>EPIC DOES NOT MEAN AWESOME

the irony
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>>7627803

Those examples you give have been common usage for decades.
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>>7627803
words mean whatever i want them to mean desu senpai
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>>7627883

I can't remember whether Wittgenstein would agree with you and then later disagree, or the other way around, so I'll just say barleycorn quasar sevenless.
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>>7627803

>WHEN WILL IT END
IT WILL NEVER END. LANGUAGE IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING

>EPIC DOES NOT MEAN AWESOME

IT DOES NOW TO A CERTAIN EXTENT ONLY TIME WILL TELL IF IT WILL STICK

>EVEN FUCKING FAGGOTS WITH "AUTHORITY" ON TELEVISION WILL SAY STUPID SHIT AND THE REST OF THE MORONS WILL PARROT IT AD INFINITUM

EVENTUALLY THOSE PEOPLE GET OLDER AND BECOME LINGUISTS AND WRITERS AND HISTORIANS AND ADD NEW WORDS OR NEW DEFINITIONS OF EXISTING WORDS TO THE DICTIONARY AND EVERYONE WHO DOESNT LIKE IT DIES

THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR GENERATIONS
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>>7625818
puce
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>>7627769
grin
smirk
beam
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>>7627769

>My characters smile a lot

doesn't sound very good
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I study language and I am not sure where to draw a boundary between jargon and slang. Slang is used to share information in an original way which can not be inderstood by "outsiders". Doesn't jargon work the same way?
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>>7627769
You can use metaphore, no? similie: he is like a lion. metaphore: he is a lion of a man. I think that is the correct terminology. I am actually pretty bad at this.
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>>7625371
boudoir
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>>7627769
>>7628079
I feel like a retard for not reading properly. Ignore my last post...
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>>7628079
>>7628087
is that you George?
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>>7628045
Those aren't really synonyms though, grin means the smile has to be open-mouth, and smirk is entirely different. Beam is accurate but it is also a more extreme smile, and could be excessive if used too much.
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>>7628126
make your characters smile less
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>>7628055

Jargon does something similar, but in the context of some particular line of work, academic discipline, or something similar.
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>>7628055
slang is culturally developed, jargon is developed around specific jobs/tools/tech/gear that only specialists use. note I said "developed," because it can then bleed into popular use and become standard use; this applies to both slang and jargon.
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>>7627769
>My characters smile a lot
why are they such pussies? This doesn't seem realistic desu
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>>7627822
winking pepe
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