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2014-06-23 09:14:08 AM  
I understand bodice just fine.

www.fairecreations.com

Also, subby, the word 'golem' was spelled correctly in the article for you to easily reference.
 
2014-06-23 09:49:58 AM  
Isn't Bipedal Bolshevik an upcoming Ubuntu release?
 
2014-06-23 09:59:43 AM  

InterruptingQuirk: I understand bodice just fine.

[www.fairecreations.com image 604x640]

Also, subby, the word 'golem' was spelled correctly in the article for you to easily reference.


GIS for "Flouncing bodice" was quite disappointing.  Lots of wedding dresses.
 
2014-06-23 10:02:30 AM  
I thought this was BS until I read the words women know.

WTF am I reading? I was told there would be no french.
 
2014-06-23 10:03:55 AM  
I knew all the words on both lists.  Does that mean I'm transgender?
 
2014-06-23 10:05:58 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: I knew all the words on both lists.  Does that mean I'm transgender?


Sure does, sissy-boy.
 
2014-06-23 10:09:38 AM  
I don't know what a codec is. After looking it up, the study must have interviewed a lot of programmers because I doubt many men or women who don't work in computer sciences would be familiar with programming jargon.

Otherwise, I'm familiar with the other "man words".

Of the "woman words", I don't know taffeta (candy or dress feature?), bottlebrush (flower or make-up applicator?), mascarpone (a mascara disaster?), or decoupage (I thought this was a long version of coupe, a style of car).
 
2014-06-23 10:13:59 AM  
So.... most men read the 1st edition Dungeon Masters Guide?
 
2014-06-23 10:14:48 AM  

cgraves67: I don't know what a codec is. After looking it up, the study must have interviewed a lot of programmers because I doubt many men or women who don't work in computer sciences would be familiar with programming jargon.

Otherwise, I'm familiar with the other "man words".

Of the "woman words", I don't know taffeta (candy or dress feature?), bottlebrush (flower or make-up applicator?), mascarpone (a mascara disaster?), or decoupage (I thought this was a long version of coupe, a style of car).


Codec is how Solid Snake communicates with his mission handlers.
 
2014-06-23 10:15:55 AM  

cgraves67: I don't know what a codec is. After looking it up, the study must have interviewed a lot of programmers because I doubt many men or women who don't work in computer sciences would be familiar with programming jargon.

Otherwise, I'm familiar with the other "man words".

Of the "woman words", I don't know taffeta (candy or dress feature?), bottlebrush (flower or make-up applicator?), mascarpone (a mascara disaster?), or decoupage (I thought this was a long version of coupe, a style of car).


Codecs were only really important in the nineties when every shiat video you downloaded from Napster needed a specific codec and a blood sacrifice to get it to open correctly. With today's pretty standard compression, I'm not surprised people haven't heard of the word, since nowadays files just work when you try to open them.
 
2014-06-23 10:18:26 AM  

cgraves67: I don't know what a codec is.


It was a popular word 10 years ago if you wanted to watch videos before Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc. and before software video players started incorporating them or at least ones that could handle variations of the same.
 
2014-06-23 10:18:31 AM  

Jaden Smith First of His Name: cgraves67: I don't know what a codec is. After looking it up, the study must have interviewed a lot of programmers because I doubt many men or women who don't work in computer sciences would be familiar with programming jargon.

Otherwise, I'm familiar with the other "man words".

Of the "woman words", I don't know taffeta (candy or dress feature?), bottlebrush (flower or make-up applicator?), mascarpone (a mascara disaster?), or decoupage (I thought this was a long version of coupe, a style of car).

Codecs were only really important in the nineties when every shiat video you downloaded from Napster needed a specific codec and a blood sacrifice to get it to open correctly. With today's pretty standard compression, I'm not surprised people haven't heard of the word, since nowadays files just work when you try to open them.


if they just work you are already running mplayer or VLC with ffmpeg and know what a codec is
 
2014-06-23 10:19:55 AM  

chozo13: cgraves67: I don't know what a codec is. After looking it up, the study must have interviewed a lot of programmers because I doubt many men or women who don't work in computer sciences would be familiar with programming jargon.

Otherwise, I'm familiar with the other "man words".

Of the "woman words", I don't know taffeta (candy or dress feature?), bottlebrush (flower or make-up applicator?), mascarpone (a mascara disaster?), or decoupage (I thought this was a long version of coupe, a style of car).

Codec is how Solid Snake communicates with his mission handlers.


Relevant.
 
2014-06-23 10:23:06 AM  

cgraves67: I don't know what a codec is. After looking it up, the study must have interviewed a lot of programmers because I doubt many men or women who don't work in computer sciences would be familiar with programming jargon.


Never played Metal Gear Solid have you???

Allof of the man words relate to either Military, or Gaming....
 
2014-06-23 10:26:06 AM  
Hodor  (88, 48)
Hodor  (87, 54)
Hodor  (89, 56)
Hodor  (93, 63)
Hodor  (88, 58)
Hodor  (87, 58)
Hodor  (86, 58)
Hodor  (93, 65)
Hodor  (93, 66)
Hodor  (85, 60)
Hodor  (86, 61)
Hodor  (90, 66)

And here are the words that women recognize, but men generally don't:

Hodor  (48, 87)
Hodor  (61, 93)
Hodor  (58, 89)
Hodor  (55, 86)
Hodor  (60, 90)
Hodor  (56, 86)
Hodor  (63, 92)
Hodor  (61, 89)
Hodor  (66, 93)
Hodor  (67, 94)
Hodor  (70, 96)
Hodor  (71, 96)
 
2014-06-23 10:29:41 AM  

zedster: Jaden Smith First of His Name: cgraves67: I don't know what a codec is. After looking it up, the study must have interviewed a lot of programmers because I doubt many men or women who don't work in computer sciences would be familiar with programming jargon.

Otherwise, I'm familiar with the other "man words".

Of the "woman words", I don't know taffeta (candy or dress feature?), bottlebrush (flower or make-up applicator?), mascarpone (a mascara disaster?), or decoupage (I thought this was a long version of coupe, a style of car).

Codecs were only really important in the nineties when every shiat video you downloaded from Napster needed a specific codec and a blood sacrifice to get it to open correctly. With today's pretty standard compression, I'm not surprised people haven't heard of the word, since nowadays files just work when you try to open them.

if they just work you are already running mplayer or VLC with ffmpeg and know what a codec is


Haha, guilty as charged. On that note, I guess if you don't download videos from unsavory websites, you'd never need to know what a codec is either. It just opens from iTunes or whatever.
 
2014-06-23 10:31:32 AM  

sjmcc13: cgraves67: I don't know what a codec is. After looking it up, the study must have interviewed a lot of programmers because I doubt many men or women who don't work in computer sciences would be familiar with programming jargon.

Never played Metal Gear Solid have you???

Allof of the man words relate to either Military, or Gaming....


Nope. I've seen people play Metal Gear Solid, but it never really caught on with me. Also, I didn't download a lot of internet videos back in the day, so I am unfamiliar with codec in that sense either.

My video game genres of choice are limited to:
RPG
MMORPG
4X strategy
WW1/WW2 combat flight simulators
 
2014-06-23 10:34:42 AM  

Jaden Smith First of His Name: unsavory websites


We weren't getting them from websites back then. The web couldn't handle the bandwidth required to serve up all the data that was being exchanged at the time. Especially not the unsavory ones. There were other ways to connect to people without the need to ever connect to a website, and communities were actually formed around them. Direct Connect(DC++), Usenet, IRC, just to name a few. Granted the quantity of bits that flabbergasted us then is probably transmitted every millisecond on Fark today.
 
2014-06-23 10:43:52 AM  
I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.
 
2014-06-23 10:46:27 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.


I call bullshiat on your calling bullshiat. That is frequently used concept, in both pop culture and video games. I am not surprise that it is commonly known among males.

/not Jewish
//knows what a golem is
 
2014-06-23 10:47:12 AM  
I recognize most of the "men" words from nerdy things, like D&D, Magic: the Gathering, Savage Worlds, etc. although I'm not entirely sure if my understanding of the word from those sources aligns perfectly with how they are properly defined. For example, "paladin" to me always carries a connotation of divinity, with access to healing magic. I'm pretty sure that's not exactly how its used historically.

I recognize 3 of the words from the "women" words list, though I could only define "bodice" with any reasonable accuracy (and thanks to the above poster for the picture of such). "Progesterone" I remember hearing from medical shows like Scrubs and House, though I wasn't sure (until I looked it up) that it related to the menstrual cycle; and "flouncing" I knew was a word but for whatever reason my definition of it was wildly different from the actual definition of the word (turns out, I guess I mistook "flounce" for "trounce"). The rest are all new to me.
 
2014-06-23 10:47:44 AM  
100% of the population who reads Terry Pratchett knows wtf a golem is.
 
2014-06-23 10:50:00 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.


Keep in mind, the task was only to recognize whether a string of letters corresponds to a real word or not, not whether you know exactly what the string of letters you think is a real word actually refers to. I would not be surprised if most of the people who recognized "golem" as a real word do not know exactly what the word refers to in Judeo-Christian mythology.
 
2014-06-23 10:53:07 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.


Golems are fairly common in fantasy settings like tabletop or rpg video games.

But I do think that this study interviewed too many people with computer science and gaming backgrounds. If it had interviewed more people outside of that realm, we would see a lot more sports words and automotive words.
 
2014-06-23 10:55:17 AM  

Kome: Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.

Keep in mind, the task was only to recognize whether a string of letters corresponds to a real word or not, not whether you know exactly what the string of letters you think is a real word actually refers to. I would not be surprised if most of the people who recognized "golem" as a real word do not know exactly what the word refers to in Judeo-Christian mythology.


it would be interesting to redo it and have people type in a definition for each instead of just do word identification
 
2014-06-23 10:55:26 AM  
Kincaid! Bolshevik Muppet!
 
2014-06-23 10:56:42 AM  

chozo13: Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.

I call bullshiat on your calling bullshiat. That is frequently used concept, in both pop culture and video games. I am not surprise that it is commonly known among males.

/not Jewish
//knows what a golem is


Well, I call bullshiat on your calling my bullshiat bullshiat.  There is *no way* if I randomly selected a statisticly significant population of men, 90% of them would know what a golem is.  And I don't mean Smeagol/Gollem.  He doesn't count.  I recognize what you're saying, and I don't disagree with how people know the term. Or even that many more men than women know the term.  But, I'm thinking a big part of that 90% was thinking of someting else...

/Not a Jew
 
2014-06-23 10:57:48 AM  

cgraves67: Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.

Golems are fairly common in fantasy settings like tabletop or rpg video games.

But I do think that this study interviewed too many people with computer science and gaming backgrounds. If it had interviewed more people outside of that realm, we would see a lot more sports words and automotive words.


That's my point exactly.
 
2014-06-23 11:01:34 AM  
Shaft?I can dig it.
 
2014-06-23 11:01:46 AM  

chozo13: Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.

I call bullshiat on your calling bullshiat. That is frequently used concept, in both pop culture and video games. I am not surprise that it is commonly known among males.

/not Jewish
//knows what a golem is


First encountered the term (that I can remember) playing Dragon Warrior on the NES...
Kept notiging it in fantasy games since then.
Also The simpsons had a golem story on one of their halloween specials IIRC, so that would att to those who have heard it.
 
2014-06-23 11:04:03 AM  

cgraves67: mascarpone (a mascara disaster?)


Mascarpone is the stuff in tiramisu. Have some tiramisu.
 
2014-06-23 11:05:21 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: chozo13: Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.

I call bullshiat on your calling bullshiat. That is frequently used concept, in both pop culture and video games. I am not surprise that it is commonly known among males.

/not Jewish
//knows what a golem is

Well, I call bullshiat on your calling my bullshiat bullshiat.  There is *no way* if I randomly selected a statisticly significant population of men, 90% of them would know what a golem is.  And I don't mean Smeagol/Gollem.  He doesn't count.  I recognize what you're saying, and I don't disagree with how people know the term. Or even that many more men than women know the term.  But, I'm thinking a big part of that 90% was thinking of someting else...

/Not a Jew


I suppose that is a possibility, but as someone mentioned before there was no requirement for them to know the correct meaning as far as this poll goes, just that they could identify it as an actual word. So...bullshiat!
 
2014-06-23 11:06:17 AM  
Homestarrunner taught me to be down with the decoupage.
 
2014-06-23 11:06:51 AM  

sjmcc13: chozo13: Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.

I call bullshiat on your calling bullshiat. That is frequently used concept, in both pop culture and video games. I am not surprise that it is commonly known among males.

/not Jewish
//knows what a golem is

First encountered the term (that I can remember) playing Dragon Warrior on the NES...
Kept notiging it in fantasy games since then.
Also The simpsons had a golem story on one of their halloween specials IIRC, so that would att to those who have heard it.


It was in the X-Files too, that's how I first heard of the term.  One of the monster of the week episodes.
 
2014-06-23 11:08:04 AM  
Golem?  Damn, now I am going to have to reinstall Diablo II....well there goes my evening.
 
2014-06-23 11:09:08 AM  

chozo13: Smoky Dragon Dish: chozo13: Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.

I call bullshiat on your calling bullshiat. That is frequently used concept, in both pop culture and video games. I am not surprise that it is commonly known among males.

/not Jewish
//knows what a golem is

Well, I call bullshiat on your calling my bullshiat bullshiat.  There is *no way* if I randomly selected a statisticly significant population of men, 90% of them would know what a golem is.  And I don't mean Smeagol/Gollem.  He doesn't count.  I recognize what you're saying, and I don't disagree with how people know the term. Or even that many more men than women know the term.  But, I'm thinking a big part of that 90% was thinking of someting else...

/Not a Jew

I suppose that is a possibility, but as someone mentioned before there was no requirement for them to know the correct meaning as far as this poll goes, just that they could identify it as an actual word. So...bullshiat!


Bullshiat on you.  That's what I was saying all along.
 
2014-06-23 11:11:34 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: chozo13: Smoky Dragon Dish: chozo13: Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.

I call bullshiat on your calling bullshiat. That is frequently used concept, in both pop culture and video games. I am not surprise that it is commonly known among males.

/not Jewish
//knows what a golem is

Well, I call bullshiat on your calling my bullshiat bullshiat.  There is *no way* if I randomly selected a statisticly significant population of men, 90% of them would know what a golem is.  And I don't mean Smeagol/Gollem.  He doesn't count.  I recognize what you're saying, and I don't disagree with how people know the term. Or even that many more men than women know the term.  But, I'm thinking a big part of that 90% was thinking of someting else...

/Not a Jew

I suppose that is a possibility, but as someone mentioned before there was no requirement for them to know the correct meaning as far as this poll goes, just that they could identify it as an actual word. So...bullshiat!

Bullshiat on you.  That's what I was saying all along.


A plague on both your houses.
 
2014-06-23 11:13:38 AM  

gnosis301: Smoky Dragon Dish: chozo13: Smoky Dragon Dish: chozo13: Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.

I call bullshiat on your calling bullshiat. That is frequently used concept, in both pop culture and video games. I am not surprise that it is commonly known among males.

/not Jewish
//knows what a golem is

Well, I call bullshiat on your calling my bullshiat bullshiat.  There is *no way* if I randomly selected a statisticly significant population of men, 90% of them would know what a golem is.  And I don't mean Smeagol/Gollem.  He doesn't count.  I recognize what you're saying, and I don't disagree with how people know the term. Or even that many more men than women know the term.  But, I'm thinking a big part of that 90% was thinking of someting else...

/Not a Jew

I suppose that is a possibility, but as someone mentioned before there was no requirement for them to know the correct meaning as far as this poll goes, just that they could identify it as an actual word. So...bullshiat!

Bullshiat on you.  That's what I was saying all along.

A plague on both your houses.


Well, a pox on yours.  How do you like them apples?
 
2014-06-23 11:15:17 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: There is *no way* if I randomly selected a statisticly significant population of men, 90% of them would know what a golem is.


Depends on the age range I guess.
The term has shown up in quite allot of media including D&D, Dragon Warrion, Final Fantasy, Pokemon, MtG, Yu-Gi-Oh, Comics, The X-files, Novels, The Simpsons, etc.
There is enough cross saturation that unless you exclude yourself from anything Fantasy you  have a decent chance to have heard the term over the last 30+ years. But if you are under 30, You probably have heard the term at some point.
 
2014-06-23 11:17:32 AM  

sjmcc13: Smoky Dragon Dish: There is *no way* if I randomly selected a statisticly significant population of men, 90% of them would know what a golem is.

Depends on the age range I guess.
The term has shown up in quite allot of media including D&D, Dragon Warrion, Final Fantasy, Pokemon, MtG, Yu-Gi-Oh, Comics, The X-files, Novels, The Simpsons, etc.
There is enough cross saturation that unless you exclude yourself from anything Fantasy you  have a decent chance to have heard the term over the last 30+ years. But if you are under 30, You probably have heard the term at some point.


Maybe it's dumb people thinking its "Gollum?"
 
2014-06-23 11:20:55 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: gnosis301: Smoky Dragon Dish: chozo13: Smoky Dragon Dish: chozo13: Smoky Dragon Dish: I call bullshiat.

90% of any population (male or female) outside of Judiasm knows what a golem is?

Bullshiat.

I call bullshiat on your calling bullshiat. That is frequently used concept, in both pop culture and video games. I am not surprise that it is commonly known among males.

/not Jewish
//knows what a golem is

Well, I call bullshiat on your calling my bullshiat bullshiat.  There is *no way* if I randomly selected a statisticly significant population of men, 90% of them would know what a golem is.  And I don't mean Smeagol/Gollem.  He doesn't count.  I recognize what you're saying, and I don't disagree with how people know the term. Or even that many more men than women know the term.  But, I'm thinking a big part of that 90% was thinking of someting else...

/Not a Jew

I suppose that is a possibility, but as someone mentioned before there was no requirement for them to know the correct meaning as far as this poll goes, just that they could identify it as an actual word. So...bullshiat!

Bullshiat on you.  That's what I was saying all along.

A plague on both your houses.

Well, a pox on yours.  How do you like them apples?


mmmm, plague ridden and pox filled apples...
 
2014-06-23 11:25:13 AM  

gnosis301: sjmcc13: Smoky Dragon Dish: There is *no way* if I randomly selected a statisticly significant population of men, 90% of them would know what a golem is.

Depends on the age range I guess.
The term has shown up in quite allot of media including D&D, Dragon Warrion, Final Fantasy, Pokemon, MtG, Yu-Gi-Oh, Comics, The X-files, Novels, The Simpsons, etc.
There is enough cross saturation that unless you exclude yourself from anything Fantasy you  have a decent chance to have heard the term over the last 30+ years. But if you are under 30, You probably have heard the term at some point.

Maybe it's dumb people thinking its "Gollum?"


All joking aside, it IS an interesting article, because this study is about cognitive science... not what you know.  The flaw in the study is exactly what you're asking... there could be some false positives.  There is no ambiguity with words like Paladin or Claymore.
 
2014-06-23 11:25:14 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: Well, a pox on yours. How do you like them apples?


Do you bite your thumb at me, sir?
 
2014-06-23 11:27:15 AM  

gnosis301: Do you bite your thumb at me, sir?


No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir.
 
2014-06-23 11:29:13 AM  
Are dictionaries and thesauruses still available? They are? Well, how about that?
 
2014-06-23 11:30:48 AM  
I'm thought I new them all but in my mind's eye I got codec mixed up with codex (the ancient manuscript books like the Mayan and Aztec codices) so I guess overall I have a more feminine sensibility.

Now tell me I'm pretty.
 
2014-06-23 11:39:05 AM  
www.ladyofthecake.com

Taffeta, Darling!

/have a nice trip
 
2014-06-23 11:42:44 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: There is no ambiguity with words like Paladin or Claymore.


You sure?

ak1.ostkcdn.com
www.claymoremine.com
// you'll want to keep the business end of either pointed "toward enemy", though
 
2014-06-23 11:45:37 AM  
It looks like they interviewed a bunch of nerds for the male words.  I'm one of the small percentage of men who didn't know what a solenoid was without looking it up, and to me a codex is a journal in some PC games.
 
2014-06-23 11:45:44 AM  

gnosis301: Smoky Dragon Dish: Well, a pox on yours. How do you like them apples?

Do you bite your thumb at me, sir?


What? Drawn and you talk of peace? I hate the word as i hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward!
 
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