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    Teh Synonym Game

    Ever play the game 'telephone' when you were a kid? You know the one where everyone in a classroom sits in a circle and one person starts out by whispering something to their neighbor and they in turn pass the message along to the next person and so on. Once the message has been passed through everyone in the circle and the gets back to the originator big laffs typically ensue when it's announced how significantly the message has changed during its' circuit. Let's try something similar to that on Cyburbia, except the point of the exercise is to demonstrate how much nuance our choice of words really possess.

    I will throw out a single word and the next person will respond by supplying a synonym (you know, a word that supposedly means the same thing) for the word the previous poster provided and so on. Let's see how much the meaning of the original word changes once it has passed through several hands.

    In the event two people end up posting responses at the same time, the next poster may choose between which one to wish to respond to.


    I'll start:

    "beautiful"
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Ok, how about stunning
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    Stunning --> shocking

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    shocking>surprising

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    surprising -> alarming
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    alarming -> frightful
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    Wow, it only took 6 responses to pretty much do a 180! I wonder if it's possible to intentionally torque things in a particular direction? Is it possible, and if so how many responses would it take, to do a complete 360 and get back to "beautiful" (without simply using a reverse route)?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Wow, it only took 6 responses to pretty much do a 180! I wonder if it's possible to intentionally torque things in a particular direction? Is it possible, and if so how many responses would it take, to do a complete 360 and get back to "beautiful" (without simply using a reverse route)?
    If you really want to do that, here's my Texas two step to 360.

    frightful -> awesome -> beautiful
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    it's a beauty way to go Take off
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    Rilke said Beauty is nothing but Terror which we are still just able to bear.

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    Getting the thread back on topic, my word is concern.
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    Concern --> Worry

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    Worry > doubt
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    doubt -> question

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    question > wondering
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    wondering -> contemplating
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Contemplating---->imagining
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    imagining > dreaming
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Dreaming > delusional
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    delusional -> crazy

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    crazy > insane
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    insane -> cuckoo

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    Irrational -> unreasonable
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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