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(Fox News)   Ben Affleck reads a new word in the dictionary every day, and then tries to use it in a sentence to sound intelligent. Today's word: bifurcate   (foxnews.com) divider line 135
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2013-12-11 12:11:17 PM
Appears he hasn't made it to pretentious.
 
2013-12-11 12:18:42 PM
The word of the day is "LEGS". Let's go out and spread the good word!
 
2013-12-11 12:18:50 PM
Why is there still this mindset that using fancy Latin/French words makes you look more sophisticated? Normans no longer control England. No need to kiss up to the French anymore.
 
2013-12-11 12:18:53 PM

foo monkey: Appears he hasn't made it to pretentious.



Using 'bifurcate' is pretentious?

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2013-12-11 12:19:35 PM
I'd go bi for Kate.
 
2013-12-11 12:19:52 PM

cman: Why is there still this mindset that using fancy Latin/French words makes you look more sophisticated? Normans no longer control England. No need to kiss up to the French anymore.


Sorry if simple prefixes break your baby brain, but adults are talking.
 
2013-12-11 12:20:00 PM
You may hate him now nerds but if he makes a good batman you'll think he's better than sex with a real woman.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-12-11 12:20:54 PM
I hope he gets to pompous soon.
 
2013-12-11 12:21:41 PM
"Usually, I only poop once, but I ate too much fiber, so I had to bifurcate this morning"
 
2013-12-11 12:22:22 PM
He used the word correctly. Look, subby, I am just as jealous as the next man who's not getting the amount of tail he gets, but come on.
 
2013-12-11 12:23:11 PM

foo monkey: Appears he hasn't made it to pretentious.


Considering this was a comment made during a Playboy interview, how pretentious can he actually be?
 
2013-12-11 12:24:14 PM
It's pretty obvious when people do this. I've always thought the best way to improve your vocabulary is to just read a lot.
 
2013-12-11 12:24:19 PM
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Jay: Affleck, you the *bomb* in Phantoms yo!
 
2013-12-11 12:24:30 PM
Today, in the "I didn't need that image" department: "Hillary does excite me" Ben Affleck said.
 
2013-12-11 12:25:12 PM
Ulysses Everett McGill: Well, there are all manner of lesser imps and demons, Pete, but the great Satan hisself is red and scaly with a bifurcated tail, and he carries a hay fork.
 
2013-12-11 12:26:49 PM

ikanreed: cman: Why is there still this mindset that using fancy Latin/French words makes you look more sophisticated? Normans no longer control England. No need to kiss up to the French anymore.

Sorry if simple prefixes break your baby brain, but adults are talking.


Its more of an anti-elitist thing for me than anything else, and I think you would be able to appreciate that kind of sentiment.
 
2013-12-11 12:27:03 PM
I learned a new word today and I would tell you about it bifurcate what the word was.
 
2013-12-11 12:30:50 PM

cman: Its more of an anti-elitist thing for me than anything else, and I think you would be able to appreciate that kind of sentiment.


here in 'merica we don't need know fanci book lernin. people wat get airs with big words gon get them thar teeth kicked in, you betcha!
 
2013-12-11 12:31:29 PM
No "here comes the science" yet?

Fark, I am disappoint.
 
2013-12-11 12:31:58 PM

cman: ikanreed: cman: Why is there still this mindset that using fancy Latin/French words makes you look more sophisticated? Normans no longer control England. No need to kiss up to the French anymore.

Sorry if simple prefixes break your baby brain, but adults are talking.

Its more of an anti-elitist thing for me than anything else, and I think you would be able to appreciate that kind of sentiment.


No it isn't, a range of vocabularies allows for precise communication by using connotations and brevity to make points more clear.  There's nothing elitist about "bifurcate" which implies an noticeable distinction in the divided pieces(and the specific number of 2) of a whole versus "divides" which just says "was whole, now isn't"

It's the same reason jargon exists, to capture meaning in subtle and important ways, but without the field specific understandings.
 
2013-12-11 12:32:18 PM
i simultaneously hate and like when authors do this....i'm reading "Low Collision Crossers", a new book where the dude spent an entire year with the Jets organization (around 2011, so the Tebow drama hasn't happened yet, but there are already grumblings within the 'chise about Rex being too soft on and too loyal to Sanchez).

anyways.  here are some words I had to look up:

chary ("he wasn't chary with his criticisms")
cant  (umm.....something like, "the jargon of the offense was learned by cant, versus intuition...")
bijous ("with a player that talented, you accepted the bijous")
parvenus (ummm..."that range of talent was the parvenus of the nfl elite")

there are a few other fancy pants words that i know (bilious, execrable, rubric, byzantine, portmanteau, and others) but, barely a quarter of the way trhough, I've had to flag about 10 words i had to look up.  so yeah, i gues this guy is That Guy that has to use big fancy college boy words.
 
2013-12-11 12:32:41 PM
What a sad comment on the level of public discourse in the US that having a large vocabulary marks one as "pretentious."
 
2013-12-11 12:32:53 PM

tlchwi02: cman: Its more of an anti-elitist thing for me than anything else, and I think you would be able to appreciate that kind of sentiment.

here in 'merica we don't need know fanci book lernin. people wat get airs with big words gon get them thar teeth kicked in, you betcha!


Yes, that is what I said.

/Well, actually, no
 
2013-12-11 12:33:03 PM
What? It's a perfectly cromulent word.
 
2013-12-11 12:36:31 PM
Use bifurcate in a sentence:

"Bifurcate!" Loki swore, "Thor has gone too far into the Darkness this time. May Hecate and her daughters take him!"

You should always bifurcate in bulk as it's cheaper that way.

Molybdenum bifurcate is an important industrial catalyst.
 
2013-12-11 12:38:47 PM
Pete, but the great Satan hisself is red and scaly with a bifurcated tail, and he carries a hay fork
 
2013-12-11 12:39:04 PM

ikanreed: cman: ikanreed: cman: Why is there still this mindset that using fancy Latin/French words makes you look more sophisticated? Normans no longer control England. No need to kiss up to the French anymore.

Sorry if simple prefixes break your baby brain, but adults are talking.

Its more of an anti-elitist thing for me than anything else, and I think you would be able to appreciate that kind of sentiment.

No it isn't, a range of vocabularies allows for precise communication by using connotations and brevity to make points more clear.  There's nothing elitist about "bifurcate" which implies an noticeable distinction in the divided pieces(and the specific number of 2) of a whole versus "divides" which just says "was whole, now isn't"

It's the same reason jargon exists, to capture meaning in subtle and important ways, but without the field specific understandings.


I know this. The problem that I have is when they replace native words because those words are far more prestigious than English terms. One "uses" items but no one "notes" (The Germanic "note", not the Latin "note") items. One asks a "question" but no one asks a "frain". A king "abdicates" his throne but a king does not "forlet" his throne.
 
2013-12-11 12:39:11 PM

cman: tlchwi02: cman: Its more of an anti-elitist thing for me than anything else, and I think you would be able to appreciate that kind of sentiment.

here in 'merica we don't need know fanci book lernin. people wat get airs with big words gon get them thar teeth kicked in, you betcha!

Yes, that is what I said.

/Well, actually, no


Yeah, but that's the crowd you're standing with on this one. Arguing that things should be dumber is not going to look like a smart thing to do. Sorry.
 
2013-12-11 12:39:24 PM

cman: Its more of an anti-elitist thing for me than anything else, and I think you would be able to appreciate that kind of sentiment.


Zing!
 
2013-12-11 12:39:25 PM

rickythepenguin: i simultaneously hate and like when authors do this....i'm reading "Low Collision Crossers", a new book where the dude spent an entire year with the Jets organization (around 2011, so the Tebow drama hasn't happened yet, but there are already grumblings within the 'chise about Rex being too soft on and too loyal to Sanchez).

anyways.  here are some words I had to look up:

chary ("he wasn't chary with his criticisms")
cant  (umm.....something like, "the jargon of the offense was learned by cant, versus intuition...")
bijous ("with a player that talented, you accepted the bijous")
parvenus (ummm..."that range of talent was the parvenus of the nfl elite")

there are a few other fancy pants words that i know (bilious, execrable, rubric, byzantine, portmanteau, and others) but, barely a quarter of the way trhough, I've had to flag about 10 words i had to look up.  so yeah, i gues this guy is That Guy that has to use big fancy college boy words.


www.quickmeme.com
 
2013-12-11 12:39:59 PM

BorgiaGinz: What a sad comment on the level of public discourse in the US that having a large vocabulary marks one as "pretentious."


Years ago I discovered a friend stopped listening as soon as I used a three- or four-syllable word. Sigh. And supposedly we'd had the same education. Guess being a bookworm helped there (as well as not falling asleep in English class, which I swear this entire city did).

/Used "autochthonous" the other day and stumped a couple of attorneys. +1 for me!
 
2013-12-11 12:42:08 PM
Remember when Karl Karlson of The Simpsons had a word-a-day calendar?

He said, "I concur", using the word correctly, however, the word-a-day calendar read "Conquor".
 
2013-12-11 12:42:15 PM
Pretentiousness and pomousness aside, did anyone notice he immediately assumes that because someone doesn't share his political ideals he assumes he won't like them? You are what is wrong with today's world, Ben.
 
2013-12-11 12:42:31 PM
Ben has bifurcated Batman fans into two groups:

Worried but hopeful.

Won't pay to see it, period.
 
2013-12-11 12:42:42 PM
My dad's habilitation thesis was about bifurcation.

/Really.
 
2013-12-11 12:42:58 PM
Urban dictionary?
 
2013-12-11 12:43:19 PM

Mentalpatient87: cman: tlchwi02: cman: Its more of an anti-elitist thing for me than anything else, and I think you would be able to appreciate that kind of sentiment.

here in 'merica we don't need know fanci book lernin. people wat get airs with big words gon get them thar teeth kicked in, you betcha!

Yes, that is what I said.

/Well, actually, no

Yeah, but that's the crowd you're standing with on this one. Arguing that things should be dumber is not going to look like a smart thing to do. Sorry.


I am not arguing for things to be dumber.
 
2013-12-11 12:43:58 PM
Pearl Harbor sucked, and he still hasn't apologized for Gigli.
 
2013-12-11 12:44:25 PM
Yeah, an entire thread ragging on a guy for having an extensive vocabulary.

Feel good about yourselves.
 
2013-12-11 12:44:43 PM

BorgiaGinz: What a sad comment on the level of public discourse in the US that having a large vocabulary marks one as "pretentious."


Having a large vocabulary is not pretentious, but going out of your way to use particular words with the specific aim of sounding intelligent is pretentious.
 
2013-12-11 12:45:17 PM

BorgiaGinz: What a sad comment on the level of public discourse in the US that having a large vocabulary marks one as "pretentious."


i remember a story on Fark years ago where a newspaper used the work "limn" (as i recall, means "to illustrate") in a headline, like "Council limns new voting rules" or some shiat like that.  anyways, i guess in this town, a hullabaloo arose not about the story, but the editor's decision to use that word.

there was a letter to the editor and i recall a comment that was like, "when they make us go to the dictionary to learn a new word, they make us feel stupid for learning and that's not right, we're Americans."

whatever the exact quote was, it was Facepalm City.
 
2013-12-11 12:45:24 PM

cman: Why is there still this mindset that using fancy Latin/French words makes you look more sophisticated? Normans no longer control England. No need to kiss up to the French anymore.


So because a word is not in your own personal vocabulary, it is "fancy" and only people wanting to appear more sophisticated use those words? Got it.

I think that anti-elitist shiat you're talking about is you perhaps being a wee bit insecure of your own vocabulary or intelligence. Why else would you care what words a person chooses to use?

Vocabulary is just like anything else in life. If you don't know it, you can go learn it. If you don't choose to go learn it, it doesn't help your cause to claim "elitist" or some other crap. It just makes you sound ignorant, which is what you're afraid of being in the first place.
 
2013-12-11 12:46:10 PM

menschenfresser: Pearl Harbor sucked, and he still hasn't apologized for Gigli.


By that same token, people owe him an apology for Jersey Girl. That movie wasn't anywhere near as bad as people made it out to be. Carlin knocks it out of the f'ing park with his acting.
 
2013-12-11 12:46:24 PM

Disgruntled Goat: Yeah, an entire thread ragging on a guy for having an extensive vocabulary.

Feel good about yourselves.


Seriously.
 
2013-12-11 12:46:58 PM

cman: ikanreed: cman: ikanreed: cman: Why is there still this mindset that using fancy Latin/French words makes you look more sophisticated? Normans no longer control England. No need to kiss up to the French anymore.

Sorry if simple prefixes break your baby brain, but adults are talking.

Its more of an anti-elitist thing for me than anything else, and I think you would be able to appreciate that kind of sentiment.

No it isn't, a range of vocabularies allows for precise communication by using connotations and brevity to make points more clear.  There's nothing elitist about "bifurcate" which implies an noticeable distinction in the divided pieces(and the specific number of 2) of a whole versus "divides" which just says "was whole, now isn't"

It's the same reason jargon exists, to capture meaning in subtle and important ways, but without the field specific understandings.

I know this. The problem that I have is when they replace native words because those words are far more prestigious than English terms. One "uses" items but no one "notes" (The Germanic "note", not the Latin "note") items. One asks a "question" but no one asks a "frain". A king "abdicates" his throne but a king does not "forlet" his throne.


I use both those words, and I don't think anyone makes a substantive distinction in there inherent value.  I think you're over-applying a historical footnote in English language history.
 
2013-12-11 12:47:15 PM

cman: I am not arguing for things to be dumber.


Less sophisticated then. Minor change to the wording, same point.
 
2013-12-11 12:47:31 PM
oh, and i remember years ago Sylvester Stallone was on David Letterman and he used several fancy words, and then when he used either "legerdemain" or "bailiwick", letterman cracked a joke like, "well, i can tell one of us got one of those fancy 'word of the day' calendars for christmas" and it got a huge laugh.

roman-a-clef?  i forget.
 
2013-12-11 12:48:04 PM

jshine: BorgiaGinz: What a sad comment on the level of public discourse in the US that having a large vocabulary marks one as "pretentious."

Having a large vocabulary is not pretentious, but going out of your way to use particular words with the specific aim of sounding intelligent is pretentious.


Maybe, but how could you ever know this? What if his goal is to BE smarter?
 
2013-12-11 12:49:26 PM
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Big farking deal.
 
2013-12-11 12:49:41 PM

Orgasmatron138: Maybe, but how could you ever know this? What if his goal is to BE smarter?


Impossible. There are no heroes. Everyone is an attention whore. Everything is dildoes.
 
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