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(NPR)   Apparently, the 1995 film Clueless inspired people to misuse the word "random," though subby has never heard anyone--on TV, film, or in real life--use "random" in any context other than the appropriate one   (npr.org) divider line 83
    More: Fail, real-life, Amy Heckerling, context, Alicia Silverstone, Jesse Sheidlower, Random House  
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2012-12-01 07:27:04 AM
What a random article
 
2012-12-01 07:29:02 AM
Well that was random.
 
2012-12-01 07:32:44 AM
I'm more upset about the misuse of literally.

/Literally
 
2012-12-01 07:35:02 AM
I was at a mall with my brother and his family a few years ago when my niece said "let's take that random escalator".

I said to her, "There's nothing random about it. It was precisely planned to be there, well engineered, and serves a definite purpose".

She said, "I meant it's weird". Ever since then the word has bothered me and I notice it whenever it's used.
 
2012-12-01 07:38:23 AM
I've only ever heard it used to describe hooking up with a stranger. I don't grammar nazi out unless I really can't understand someone or it is necessary for the greater good of mankind to shame someone who is otherwise being a prick.
 
2012-12-01 07:44:19 AM
I prefer to say 'femdom'.
 
2012-12-01 07:58:32 AM
whatever.
 
2012-12-01 08:03:53 AM
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2012-12-01 08:10:44 AM
How ironic.
 
2012-12-01 08:13:58 AM
Irregardless, ex-boyfriends are just off-limits to friends. I mean, that's just, like, the rules of feminism.

Literally.
 
2012-12-01 08:19:30 AM
They were cute, that's all that mattered.
/1995, has it been so long already?

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2012-12-01 08:22:11 AM
It's a mute point.
 
2012-12-01 08:22:42 AM
Stacey Dash can say random whenever the hell she wants.
 
2012-12-01 08:25:42 AM
I've only ever heard the word "random" used sporadically.
 
2012-12-01 08:36:08 AM
I have never heard anyone use it in the context this so called comedian is complaining about in his first example. Far as the "random party" thing goes, I don't see the issue. I took it to mean unexpected, as in "I had no idea we were going to a party last night, but we did at someone's house we don't know and it was fun." I mean, the party wasn't random because someone planned it, but it was random to the speaker.

I think this guy needs a critical in twisting of his knickers, or stop hanging out with girls who stepped out of a portal from 1995.
 
2012-12-01 08:38:09 AM

Shadowknight: I have never heard anyone use it in the context this so called comedian is complaining about in his first example. Far as the "random party" thing goes, I don't see the issue. I took it to mean unexpected, as in "I had no idea we were going to a party last night, but we did at someone's house we don't know and it was fun." I mean, the party wasn't random because someone planned it, but it was random to the speaker.

I think this guy needs a critical in twisting of his knickers, or stop hanging out with girls who stepped out of a portal from 1995.


Supposed to say "critical untwisting of his knickers."

Preview button... Pfffft!
 
2012-12-01 08:47:20 AM
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2012-12-01 08:51:28 AM
I'm with the subby on this one.. i have never heard anyone use random in the way this article speaks of, except on 30rock and some other bad tv show...
 
2012-12-01 08:57:33 AM
My daughter does this occasionally when she changes the subject. We have conversations that go something like this:

Me: ...and that's why Janeway was the best starship captain ever!
Her: This is really random, but what's your favorite color?
Me: That is not random at all, unless you wrote down a hundred questions on separate pieces of paper and then picked that one out of a hat totally by chance. It was exactly the question you intended to ask, and thus deliberate.
Me: And the answer is "plaid."
 
2012-12-01 08:57:59 AM
I will random this article and thread
 
2012-12-01 09:06:48 AM
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/ don't know what he has
 
2012-12-01 09:17:16 AM
I could care less.
 
2012-12-01 09:17:30 AM
I'm not sure if there's such a thing as random and not a chaotic order.

Yes, I just made you read chaotic order. The most oxymoronic term since military intelligence or compassionate conservative.
 
2012-12-01 09:24:55 AM
That article is a blessing in the skies.
 
2012-12-01 09:30:56 AM
Inconceivable.
 
2012-12-01 09:34:42 AM
That article is so fetch, subby.
 
2012-12-01 09:41:45 AM

Im_Gumby: That article is so fetch, subby.


Im_Gumby, stop trying to make "fetch" happen! It's not going to happen.
 
2012-12-01 09:45:22 AM
I remember "sporadically", I don't remember "random".

Poor Alicia Silverstone. Everyone else's career survived Batman and Robin. At least they cloned a replacement and now she's on Psych.

www.nndb.com
 
2012-12-01 09:57:13 AM
Clearly, Neda Ulaby is from a parallel universe, or maybe Bizarro world.

Nobody EVER uses the word "random" the way it is supposedly being used by people per that article. The author of that nonsense is a complete moran.
 
2012-12-01 09:59:01 AM
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2012-12-01 10:01:19 AM
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2012-12-01 10:01:30 AM

Mugato: I remember "sporadically", I don't remember "random".

Poor Alicia Silverstone. Everyone else's career survived Batman and Robin. At least they cloned a replacement and now she's on Psych.

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Everyone else's? Only Clooney got away with that and the's farking George Clooney. Well, and John Glover, but that guy is chameleon-like and no one knew he was there.

This guy was the biggest star in the universe and became a punchline afterwards:
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This guy has never been in anything afterwards:
www.entertainmentwallpaper.com

This guy literally died over the movie:
wagthemovie.files.wordpress.com

This chick became toxic until Meister Career Resurrector saved her with Kill Bill:
smash.maxupdates.tv

Oh and fun fact, this guy was in the movie for a minor role and look where his career ended afterwards:
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So excuse me if I laugh at your notion that Silverstone was the only one who didn't survive the cinematic ELE (Extinction Level Event) that was Batman and Robin.
 
2012-12-01 10:08:17 AM

rocky_howard: This guy has never been in anything afterwards:


Robin is on NCIS: Los Angeles, it's like the #3 scripted show on TV.

Arnold was pretty much always a punchline. After his governor thing he's got 3 movies coming up

Uma didn't really have much of a career other than Tarantino movies anyway, Kill Bill was the biggest thing she ever did.

I have no idea who the guy was who played Bane.

I didn't even know Coolio was in that.
 
2012-12-01 10:11:24 AM
How do we know Fark has turned gay

here we have a tread about clueless and instead of farkers filling it with pictures of Stacey Dash and Alicia Silverstone, we get photos from Batman and Robin.
 
2012-12-01 10:23:50 AM
I love that years after she is no longer relevant, Stacey Dash finally decided to do a nude photo shoot.

Yes, like the angry fist of God...but, would have been much nicer when she was still in her 20's.
 
2012-12-01 10:30:08 AM

Endive Wombat: I love that years after she is no longer relevant, Stacey Dash finally decided to do a nude photo shoot.

Yes, like the angry fist of God...but, would have been much nicer when she was still in her 20's.


Difficulty: She was 28 when she did Clueless.

Yes, I was surprised when I learned about it too.

Although I shouldn't be, lol, I'm 31 and people still think I'm 21-23
 
2012-12-01 10:31:15 AM

Dr. Horrible: My daughter does this occasionally when she changes the subject. We have conversations that go something like this:

Me: ...and that's why Janeway was the best starship captain ever!
Her: This is really random, but what's your favorite color?
Me: That is not random at all, unless you wrote down a hundred questions on separate pieces of paper and then picked that one out of a hat totally by chance. It was exactly the question you intended to ask, and thus deliberate.
Me: And the answer is "plaid."


Were you expecting that question from your daughter? Did it follow the existing pattern of your conversation up to that point? No? Then it could be considered "random". But then, you probably already knew that, and just felt like being a pedantic ass, no?

Don't worry though, give it a few decades and I'm sure you'll get to hear this from your daughter:

"We've decided that we're moving you to the discount old-folks home. Sure, we could have put you in a nice place but we put the names of all the retirement communities in a hat and randomly picked the cheapest, shiattiest one we could find. Funny that."
 
2012-12-01 10:31:54 AM
I didn't know that usage was prompted by Clueless, but it drove me crazy when I first started hearing it. First heard it used that way in the late 90's and as of a few years ago had grown to accept that it's just another example of the evolution of language that sees words redefined over time.

So while I'll likely never use "random" that way, it doesn't bristle like it used to.

/and who the hell are you rock-dwelling weirdos who've never heard this? I didn't know so many farkers lived in nursing homes.
 
2012-12-01 10:45:48 AM

Cosmk: /and who the hell are you rock-dwelling weirdos who've never heard this? I didn't know so many farkers lived in nursing homes.


HA! This. I hear that shiat every single day, several times a day.

Well, I do hang out with hipsterish / indie girls, so it may be a demographic thing.
 
2012-12-01 10:50:08 AM
"Quantum leap" is the worst example. I wonder how many marketers who use it understands that it is the smallest possible change in a system.

/which means they are probably using it correctly.
 
2012-12-01 10:59:06 AM

Kurmudgeon: They were cute, that's all that mattered.
/1995, has it been so long already?


Checked the clock when i got home
Realized i was alone
sat for hours by the window
wondering where did the time go?
 
2012-12-01 11:11:31 AM

riverwalk barfly: It's a mute point.


I think you mean a "moo point".
Like a cows opinion. It doesn't matter so it's "moo".
 
2012-12-01 11:15:27 AM

natazha: "Quantum leap" is the worst example. I wonder how many marketers who use it understands that it is the smallest possible change in a system.


I thought it meant that he could only leap within his own lifetime. Meaning that compared to the totality of the existence of the universe, it was fairly quantum.
 
2012-12-01 11:27:03 AM

Endive Wombat: I love that years after she is no longer relevant, Stacey Dash finally decided to do a nude photo shoot.

Yes, like the angry fist of God...but, would have been much nicer when she was still in her 20's.


I didn't wake up this morning intending to search the internet for nude photos of Stacey Dash. How random.
 
2012-12-01 11:29:47 AM

gunga galunga: I've only ever heard the word "random" used sporadically.


4.bp.blogspot.com

I love you, Sporadicus.
 
2012-12-01 11:30:23 AM

I created this alt just for this thread: Dr. Horrible: My daughter does this occasionally when she changes the subject. We have conversations that go something like this:

Me: ...and that's why Janeway was the best starship captain ever!
Her: This is really random, but what's your favorite color?
Me: That is not random at all, unless you wrote down a hundred questions on separate pieces of paper and then picked that one out of a hat totally by chance. It was exactly the question you intended to ask, and thus deliberate.
Me: And the answer is "plaid."

Were you expecting that question from your daughter? Did it follow the existing pattern of your conversation up to that point? No? Then it could be considered "random". But then, you probably already knew that, and just felt like being a pedantic ass, no?

Don't worry though, give it a few decades and I'm sure you'll get to hear this from your daughter:

"We've decided that we're moving you to the discount old-folks home. Sure, we could have put you in a nice place but we put the names of all the retirement communities in a hat and randomly picked the cheapest, shiattiest one we could find. Funny that."


I don't often this, but this.
 
2012-12-01 11:42:57 AM

Waldo Pepper: How do we know Fark has turned gay

here we have a tread about clueless and instead of farkers filling it with pictures of Stacey Dash and Alicia Silverstone, we get photos from Batman and Robin.


Sad, indeed.
 
2012-12-01 11:54:07 AM
back in the day it wouldn't have taken over 47+ comments for this to happen

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2012-12-01 12:06:01 PM
Subby has never met my sister in law
 
2012-12-01 12:08:08 PM
I don't think I've ever associated Clueless with the word random; seems more like a misused word by retarded internet teenagers (see also: epic, fail, etc.)



rocky_howard: This guy was the biggest star in the universe and became a punchline afterwards:




eh, Arnold's career after Terminator 2 was rather sketchy, even before Batman & Robin came around.
 
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