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I found a Wikipedia entry on "eponymous adjectives" that might apply to this class of word. Some of these adjectives "look right" to me with an initial cap and others do not. I am going to have to think about this.
During the summer, when it's hot and humid, I'll sometimes put a glass of ice water or a cold pop can down on a smooth surface and the glass or can will start to move as if possessed by a ghost. I know it's got something to do with condesation and maybe buoyancy or displacement. But is there a word for that creepy phenomenon where objects seem to have a mind of their own? It makes me think of Leibniz and monads (but also Skinny Legs and All). But I'd accept "anthropomorphism," if that's all it is.
I may be mistaken, but I think I knew at one point a word for the rhetorical figure where you facetiously disagree with a completely inconsequential aspect of an argument in order to signal that you do agree with its main point.
“They forgot the part where during her concert X throws up a little in her mouth when she notices Y in the audience.” “Unlikely. Stages are usually so brightly lit that you can hardly see the audience.”
I hope I’m not just imagining it, in which case we’d have to make one up.
Is there a word for people who listen to you describe something you've read, tell you that it's completely unbelievable, then repeat it back to you (nearly verbatim, with no attribution) sometime within the next week?
fbharjo, What if it was a person suffering from something, rather, a people suffering from the effects of something that happened to them, that caused that effect (meaning "never to have existed"). I don't mean hypochondriac. In a very broad sense imagine that it happened to a race of people like black people, or jews .
"Maybe the word you're looking for is gerontophobia. It means "fear of the elderly" and this fear can quickly lead to rejection."
No. This isn't what is meant by "rejecting the old". You're talking about rejecting old people, fear of the aged. While "rejecting the old" is a wider, richer, more generous term. "Rejecting the old" can mean rejecting a style from the 1990s, can mean rejecting an old word, can mean rejecting anything that's aged; not merely human.
For example, in the USA for a long time there has been the tendency to rip down the old stuff -- like Grand Central station in NYCity, like the early 60s attempt to flood the whole Grand Canyon -- and make something new. Because what's old doesn't make it. It's the new, the next good thing pushing into the future, the latest model, the perennial faith in progress, in improvement, in youth & modernization, that counts.
This is what I'm after for a word that entails “rejecting the old”.
So where is the word for "rejecting the old"? thank you! Keith Lyons.
The word tendentious is used to describe something (an account, document, depiction, Wikipedia article, etc.) that's biased. What adjective refers to a topic that's highly subject to such bias, even though it could be presented in a balanced way?
How about a word for the feeling or sensation when seeing a common word where it suddenly seems strange and unaccountable? Had that happen once with the word maid! Gotta be one of them déjà-type words, me thinks.