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Art of Expression: Expanding Your Vocabulary, Sharing Sites and Great Words

Hailstones Melt

Realized Sentience
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#61
booboisie
MEANING:
noun: Ignorant or uncultured people regarded as a class.
I've got one for you - which has the same general meaning. BOGAN

When I first moved to my new suburb ("South of the River" as we say), I was alarmed to find out that the entire suburb was considered bogan. Now that I have enjoyed its pristine beaches, headlands, cycle paths, transport, and shopping for 2.5 years, I can say that I think that was a deliberate "put-off" to keep it all for ourselves!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogan

Bogans generally reside in the outer suburbs of larger cities, have teeth that haven't had dental care due to cost, have an anti-authoritarian stance, jingoism, home-done tattoos, a love of classic rock and Peter Brock, hooning and drinking alcohol to excess.[10] A bogan attitude consists of a lack of pretence and a willingness to be brutally honest.[10]

Certain types of clothing are stereotypically associated with bogans, including flannelette shirts, hoodies, Stubbies shorts, King Gee workwear, ugg boots,[11] jeans and black leggings.[12] Male bogans may also show a lowbrow standard of personal grooming by wearing their hair in a mullet.
Vehicles such as the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon, particularly modified or poorly maintained examples, also have similar associations.[13]
A bogan, for various reasons, refuses to conform to middle-class standards of taste, dietary habits, leisure activities, styles of dress and ways of speaking.[14] Bogans are sometimes looked down upon by some groups due to their implicit biases.[15] These implicit biases can often make the lives of disadvantaged people much tougher.[15]


Mel Campbell argued in a 2006 article in the Sydney Morning Herald that bogan (including "cashed-up bogan") is a nebulous, personal concept that is frequently used in a process by which "we use the idea of the bogan to quarantine ideas of Australianness that alarm or discomfort us. It's a way of erecting imaginary cultural barriers between 'us' and 'them'." Campbell argues that though many people believe they know exactly what a bogan is and what their characteristics might be, there is no defined set of characteristics of a bogan: the speaker imagines the denoted person to be different from, and less cultured than, themselves. Campbell considered "cashed-up bogan" to be a "stupid term".[16] A similar argument is made by David Nichols, author of The Bogan Delusion (2011), who says that people have "created this creature that is a lesser human being to express their interclass hatred".[17]

Non-pejorative usage[edit]
By the 21st century, the term bogan came to be employed more favourably to indicate a pride in being rough around the edges. In 2002, Michelle Griffin discussed the fact that 'bogan' is no longer just being used as an insult, but is in fact a way to identify with the 'Aussie' culture that many Anglo‐Saxon Australian citizens are proud of.[3] In the past, bogan was a term of disdain, but nowadays it has become 'cool' to be a bogan.[10] Radio station Triple J held a "National Bogan Day" on 28 June 2002, which they commemorated by playing music by rock bands such as Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil, Rose Tattoo and AC/DC.[18]
 

Lila

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#62
Sounds like 'bogan' started off as a way of differentiating from 'them' that morphed over time into another way of embracing 'us'<3
 

Glenda Ann

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#63
I have
I have loved the word 'zeitgeist' since I first heard it.
Sometimes it reminds me a bit of what Clif High aims to capture via his linguistic programs:)) though his focus seems to often be predictive.

I'm not terribly sure how to define it except that it seems to be a (communal) feeling that reflects the themes of times.
It seems to inherently acknowledge that there is a consciousness bigger than the individual<3 and I have always, I think, imagined that that which reflects the times (all of us) can/should/does also define the times (which we seem to be learning that we do).
Sinera, CosmicReflections, am I close? How would you define it?

I believe that one of the reasons I love the word is that I love to play with the concept and feel that we are in a time of rapidly changing zeitgeist as we realize how closely we are all linked to the processes of change.
I too love this word. Because I had luck using the word ‘zeitgeist’ to introduce new consciousness constructs related to universal truth/universal law...things like the hermetic principles- to ‘non spiritual’ people who would otherwise be triggered (not positively either) if they thought they were being approached with a spiritual concept. They remained open and receptive which was cool. I sort of asked myself if this was subterfuge, is this ok... ? but in the end I felt like it was a means to an end in the name of consciousness raising ....and it was nice to see the mind feeling safe to expand..
My word contribution shall be Jargon. But it deserves a post of its own!
 

Glenda Ann

Shimmering Soul
#64
jargon

The word jargon tends to be used in an impatient or dismissive way nowadays: Enough of that jargon-just tell me what you mean in plain English.
This perjorative use is likely to take over completely in time to come, and would be authorised in this way by the origins of the word jargon: in Middle English, iargoun or gargoun meant ‘meaningless chatter, gibberish’ (it is still sometimes used in this sense), and in Old French jargoun or gargoun referred to the twittering of birds. But at the moment the word jargon still has a neutral sense- just as jargon itself has a legitimate positive function. That function is to make communication more efficient between members of a professional or social grouping. Jargon refers to the specialised vocabularies of such groups. The abuse of jargon is noted duly- it’s overuse among insiders. Jargon may be used by an insider to impress, browbeat, or bamboozle an outsider or more sinisterly still as an elitist private code- to limit public comprehension of its secrets. Jargon is often adopted by laymen and used among themselves to the detriment of clear communication...
From “The right word at the right time: a guide to the English language and how to use it.”

*One suspects the author is not particularly fond of the use of Jargon in the English language
 

Laron

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#65
I've used this word at times while living in Australia and NZ! :cool:

ekistics

MEANING:
noun: The study of human settlements, drawing on such disciplines as city planning, architecture, sociology, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
Coined by Constantinos A. Doxiadis (1913-1975), Greek architect and urban planner, from Greek oikistikos (of settlement), from oikizein (to settle), from oikos (house). Earliest documented use: 1968.

USAGE:
"Hailstones Melt wiped droplets from her forehead as she studied the ancient manuscript under the sun, which happened to have little stick figures scrawled in the far reaches of every corner. The ekistics movement within her soul came to a halt as she realized this was likely a complete fake after identifying a particular drawing of a Pokemon. Some local kids probably drew it up and buried it deep within the desert sands."

Laron; The Roundtable Forum; 2018.
 

Laron

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#68
ectogenous

MEANING:
adjective: Able to survive outside a host (as some bacteria and other parasites do).

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek ecto- (outside) + -genous (producing). Earliest documented use: 1883.

USAGE:
"With experience from many adventures, slipping out of the physical into an ectogenous existence was like cutting through a hot apple pie with a Samurai sword. The atmosphere of the plane was vibrant and bright. Laron noticed two human shaped forms side by side, as packet bombs shifted between them. Ah huh, Sinera and Henda are figuring things out in one of the most appropriate place, he thought internally.
— Laron; While out of body in an unknown region of the 5th dimension; 2018.
 

Henda

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#69
ectogenous

MEANING:
adjective: Able to survive outside a host (as some bacteria and other parasites do).

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek ecto- (outside) + -genous (producing). Earliest documented use: 1883.

USAGE:
"With experience from many adventures, slipping out of the physical into an ectogenous existence was like cutting through a hot apple pie with a Samurai sword. The atmosphere of the plane was vibrant and bright. Laron noticed two human shaped forms side by side, as packet bombs shifted between them. Ah huh, Sinera and Henda are figuring things out in one of the most appropriate place, he thought internally.
— Laron; While out of body in an unknown region of the 5th dimension; 2018.
I came back from there with a scar on my left arm actually and was wondering what happened on astral ! And yes I saw Sinnera. But I am all love and peace and don't want to make war here with anyone :cool: This time I choose a cool smiley huh
 

Laron

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#70

Laron

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#71
Yūgen


MEANING:
“a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”.

ETYMOLOGY:
Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems. From Greek ecto- (outside) + -genous (producing). Earliest documented use: 1883.
 

Laron

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#72
dree

MEANING:
verb tr.: To endure or suffer.
adjective: Tedious or dreary.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English dreogan. Earliest documented use: before 1000.

NOTES:
The word is sometimes seen in the phrase “to dree one’s weird”, meaning to endure one’s fate.

USAGE:
"We must all dree as a result of being here, but the fact as the matter is, through learning the ability to free ourselves from our thoughts, we help ourselves so that any dree is lessened."
Laron; The Roundtable Forum; 2018.
 

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