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10 July 2011 @ 09:46 am
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I love clipping. This is when you shorten a word to one of its parts, and there are gobs of examples of it all throughout English: "gym", "'za", "flu".

I'm especially a fan of really inappropriate slangy clipping, like "whatevs" and "brilly". And in following along that playful, slangy path, I generally love super ridiculous ("ridics!") ones. contessagrrl and I have taken this to absurd extremes -- "hilars", "adorbs" -- and it makes me giggle every time.

How do you feel about slangy clipping?
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Stunt Double for the Patriarchystarphire on July 10th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
You'd enjoy talking with people Down Under, they seem to love clipping their words. :)
I'm generally in favor of a dynamic living language, so experimentation with slangy usages is an essential ingredient of that in informal speech, I think. Some people may be put off by a "cutesy" sound or affectation, though. I don't mind that.
Stable Strangeletcuthalion on July 10th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
they always like putting an "o" on the end though
Stunt Double for the Patriarchystarphire on July 10th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of the -ies, which is also rampant back in the UK I suppose: biccies with tea, wellies on your feet on a rainy day.
Co-conspirator of Squeemuffyjo on July 10th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Saturday Arvo.

jordanwillow: happy pigjordanwillow on July 10th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
"adorbs" is ADORABLE!
B.K. DeLongbkdelong on July 10th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
"totes" adorbs
inuko: wufzombie_dog on July 10th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
Clipping is awesome, if only because it pains some of my friends to hear me do it.

I would pretty much always rather say 'wevs' then 'whatever.' Wikipedia has permanently become 'the peedz.'

One of my partners gets all cranky whenever I tell her that she is 'teh dorbz,' which of course only encourages me.
fanwfanw on July 10th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
My recent discovery was "Cra-Cra" (pronounced "cray-cray") for crazy/wild. It's both an abreviation and exaggeration.
ruthless compassion: laughteraroraborealis on July 11th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
That one totally makes me giggle.
veek on July 10th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
I love it! When it's not overdone. (You, for example, don't overdo it—according to my completely idiosyncratic standard.) And when others do it: it *usually* feels weird in my mouth to do it myself, when it's a neologistic clipping (as opposed to, say, gym).
Bad Rabbitzzbottom on July 10th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
I think it's fab!
Beowabbit: Lang: Rosetta stonebeowabbit on July 10th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
I love it, at least as wordplay. But like any jargon, it can create an in-group and an out-group, which has its good points and bad points.

plumtreeblossom used "totes" recently, and even though I'm familiar with that usage, I wasn't expecting that particular social dialect, and I had to ask her to repeat herself a couple times before I caught it.

Edited at 2011-07-10 05:58 pm (UTC)
Kcatkcatalyst on July 10th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
One of my students is super into these, and I find it charming. One of my evals last year said "I loved the [mention of pop culture thing], it was totes relevant!"

She also claims to be a native abbrevs speaker and will judge other people's usage as ungrammatical if she disapproves.

One of the folks I know did a paper on this, actually.
Renata Piper: chinook wawa chickenlyonesse on July 10th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
i used to do something like that with the girl i sat next to on the bus in junior high. we had a blast :)

i am in favor of all forms of language fun!
T Streichsweetbaboo on July 10th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
Don't really like it. Anything inclusive to a set is exclusive to another, Yeh? I suppose people come down on different sides of "cutesy" as a virtue, though.
stephanie m. clarksonthespian on July 10th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
apologies, but...
I find it....juvenile. It doesn't bother me when a 13-year-old does it, because that's always been what 13-year-olds do. When I hear people over about 25 doing it, I mostly find it sounds...well, it's the verbal equivalent of a 50-year-old woman wearing tight pants with 'Juicy' on her ass. She might even be fit enough to do it, but that's not really the point.
Kcatkcatalyst on July 11th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Re: apologies, but...
This tickles me, because I think of snottiness about Language Peeves as super undergraduate and juvenile. I associate it with 19 year olds who are still adjusting to the death of the concept "smart for their age".
stephanie m. clarksonthespian on July 11th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Re: apologies, but...
actually, I've been at times a professional writer (for newspapers, a technical writer and I've had published fiction). I'm not at all 'snotty' about language, as reading my journal for more than an entry or two would show. Hell, your/you're and its/it's don't even bother me in comments (just in places where the writer is presenting themselves more formally). Juvenile was not meant as a pejorative, but it was meant for what I went on to say it was - something that 13-year-olds do. aroraborealis asked what people thought of it, and I answered.
ruthless compassion: thinkyaroraborealis on July 11th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: apologies, but...
I think that's what I love about it -- it doesn't fit into social conventions about categorizations for me to talk that way. It's playful and goofy and creative, and subversive in a very small way.

On the other hand, I regularly wear clothes that society thinks I can't "get away with", so I'm kind of that way across the board.
Co-conspirator of Squeemuffyjo on July 10th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
I think the clipping trends is a way to make it unique to you, to own the word and create a new language that's understandable but is also a societal short-cut, if you will. Valley speak did it in the 80s.

It means that when you talk in short cut to the people you know, they "get" you and identifies the others who aren't in the know or simply aren't on the same wavelength. And you get to bring whole conversations down to smaller and smaller bits that fit into the kind of media world we are creating for ourselves.

I don't actually have an overt opinion either way. It's a neat sociological trick which makes everyone feel just a little bit cooler. But I also like words. I like verbiage that has precise meanings that actually improve the understanding of the description from one to another instead of glossing it over.

So I would say, everything in moderation.
Concreteconcrete on July 11th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
well, obvs.
blkblk on July 11th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
I was about to respond that I have never really gotten into the slangy clipping, and it feels weird to me, and then I caught myself using "delish" just this morning, and realized that it's more just that I hadn't heard of the particular examples you mentioned above. I think I do like it, but like all slang, in appropriate context. :)
Misanthropic extrovert: bug reportdbang on July 11th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
I got no opins on the subject.
cheveux sable with earworm rampant: legolcohen on July 11th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
i think that if i did that a lot, i would feel like i was trying to pose as someone younger and hipper or something. it doesn't bother me if you use them, though ;-) .
the future is comin' soonprinceofwands on July 12th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
I was all set to reply that I hand't noticed a lot of examples of this in common use, but then remembered that I've recently taken to occasionally responding "meh-evs" intended as even more dismissive/disinterested than "what!evar!". (Sometimes even with a poorly formed downward M-shape version of a common big W out of thumbs and index fingers.) So, I guess I do do it.