View Full Version : How big is your vocabulary?


redbreegull
04-08-2010, 11:48 PM
How big is your vocabulary?

hnibos
04-08-2010, 11:49 PM
this big

redbreegull
04-08-2010, 11:52 PM
I voted for I know significantly more words than most around me. I'm actually an English major so all the people I know have big vocabularies too, but you know, like regular people.

hnibos
04-08-2010, 11:53 PM
cookie?

redbreegull
04-08-2010, 11:54 PM
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:3LoIu5k_JyJrHM:http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Jn5C6h4o73s/SmdCOUh1OGI/AAAAAAAAABw/UAbdnKboRh4/S1600-R/giant-cookie.jpg

hnibos
04-08-2010, 11:56 PM
oh wow you do have a nice vocab

waltermcphilp
04-08-2010, 11:58 PM
Big enough.

redbreegull
04-09-2010, 12:00 AM
Don't deride me, you ******* rapscallion

redbreegull
04-09-2010, 12:01 AM
apparently **g a l l i n g** is a word you are not allowed to say here

28if
04-09-2010, 01:28 AM
no one care

Mo
04-09-2010, 01:36 AM
In English I understand pretty much anything, but my own vocabulary is very limited.
In German I'm doing just fine.

cocksure
04-09-2010, 05:33 AM
^same

my german vocabulary is full of very specific technical social science terms tho

cardiac
04-09-2010, 06:34 AM
Considering that I'm a language major in a university and study literature on the side, its safe to say that I have a larger vocabulary than most others around me. It helps that I've surrounded myself with fairly uneducated people.

duovamp
04-09-2010, 07:24 AM
What does vocabulary mean?

redbreegull
04-09-2010, 03:10 PM
What does vocabulary mean?

what does duovamp mean?

pale blue eyes
04-09-2010, 03:18 PM
I went with the slightly more option. If it were a few years ago when I was still in school, I probably would have gone with significantly more. As it stands, I work in a job where I'm not using my major with people who use netbonics in emails and I can almost feel myself getting dumber by the day.

samuel redman
04-09-2010, 04:01 PM
there is nothing more useless then an english major

hnibos
04-09-2010, 04:06 PM
my brother was an english major and hes quite the failure

redbreegull
04-09-2010, 04:06 PM
there is nothing more useless then an english major

This would have been funny had you not done it on purpose.

samuel redman
04-09-2010, 04:09 PM
i was expecting a post very very similar to that

bravo

edit: fish fish fish

redbreegull
04-09-2010, 04:13 PM
http://fuck-you-im-an-anteater.com/img/another_anteater.png

cocksure
04-09-2010, 04:26 PM
what about being a major from england, is that useless

samuel redman
04-09-2010, 04:36 PM
why wouldn't it be?

cork_soaker
04-09-2010, 04:37 PM
4


i think you have to take it apart


[picture of nature]

pale blue eyes
04-09-2010, 04:38 PM
there is nothing more useless then an english major

Try being a Psychology major.

cork_soaker
04-09-2010, 04:39 PM
the occasional pants

duovamp
04-09-2010, 04:42 PM
My girlfriend knew a guy who majored in "Family and Consumer Sciences."

Home ec. O_O

waltermcphilp
04-09-2010, 06:08 PM
Congratulations, you have a degree in bologna.

Luke de Spa
04-10-2010, 06:52 AM
My girlfriend knew a guy who majored in "Family and Consumer Sciences."

Home ec. O_O

when i was at university we called that "muffin school"

duovamp
04-10-2010, 07:05 AM
That sounds delightful in every way.

Eric Blair
04-10-2010, 08:20 AM
Try being a Psychology major.
What do you mean? Psychology is far more useful and I say this as an English / Philosophy major.

It is basically a science that is really hard to test.

Eric Blair
04-10-2010, 08:22 AM
^same

my german vocabulary is full of very specific technical social science terms tho
I love German words for instruments. Not sure why, I just always feel happy when I encounter them

pale blue eyes
04-10-2010, 08:24 AM
I still love Psychology but I have had a hard time trying to get a job with a Psychology degree without having a Master's degree. The only jobs I have found pay less than my current job, which I can do with half of my brain turned off. Pretty much everybody I know with one is either in a field that has nothing to do with Psychology or have a Master's. I just can't afford that so I'm just sort of stuck right now.

Eric Blair
04-10-2010, 08:26 AM
Oh yeah, that is basically true. Some family members of mine practice and they all say that having a masters is essential.

A lot of my friends at university thought it was going to be all Freud and Lacan and ended up hating it. Idiots.

cocksure
04-10-2010, 08:52 AM
I love German words for instruments. Not sure why, I just always feel happy when I encounter them
you mean like 'fagott'

Eric Blair
04-10-2010, 08:53 AM
yes yes exactly that

cocksure
04-10-2010, 08:55 AM
something about psychology reeks of pseudo-science to me. i'd rather study medicine and try to become a psychiatrist

duovamp
04-10-2010, 08:55 AM
The issue is supply and demand. There is a large supply of Psychology majors, and a substantially lower quantity of English or Philosophy majors, in relation to the quantity demanded for potential positions.

So there may be few jobs for all three, but because there are so many Psych majors out there, employers can offer a lower amount of pay.

Also I think a big thing Philosophy majors go into after graduation is marketing, btw. And that can pay extremely well.

duovamp
04-10-2010, 08:59 AM
A lot of English majors get picked up for technical writing positions, which can pay very well. Any handbook for any software, for example, is penned by some poor sucker. The same goes for writing for entertainment - i.e. television. I think that's what Aeroplane's up to right now, yes?

The issue with English is that although you can say "anyone can do that" about the jobs these majors fill, the degree stands as a physical document to prove "this person is an expert at it." That means that person will get the job.

Plus English majors are extremely desirable as law school applicants - the training they receive in being able to read, write, and speak extends well beyond the basic principles you get as any other liberal arts major. For studying law, this is very big. (It should be noted that a lot of Econ majors go to law school too, but that's just because their majors suck and they can't get real jobs!! Fucking idiots!)

Eric Blair
04-10-2010, 09:16 AM
something about psychology reeks of pseudo-science to me. i'd rather study medicine and try to become a psychiatrist
I suppose. But that is kind of what I meant when it is pretty much impossible to test anything. The human mind is so far beyond any sound understanding of it that there is always going to be a lot of guess work. That is why Freud and Adler and Jung and the other founders were more philosophers than anything. I particularly like Jung, but he was a pretty awful clinical psychologist.

Luke de Spa
04-10-2010, 09:55 AM
the most valuable thing about an english degree vis-a-vis law school is that it teaches you to talk absolute shit

duovamp
04-10-2010, 10:52 AM
PM Eulogy for info!

The Jesus
04-10-2010, 11:33 AM
Kinda bigs.

obscured01
04-10-2010, 01:55 PM
<font color="dab9ea">The only thing I could find to do with my English degree was teach... which would have been fine, because I wanted to teach high school English. Instead though, I wound up teaching Kinder and next year I'll be teaching 2nd grade. I feel like I'm losing everything I went to school for. If I ever end up getting a high school position it'll be disastrous because I'll treat them like absolute children since that's all I've had experience with. </font>

Ed_Breegull
04-10-2010, 02:06 PM
no one in this industry
understands the life i lead
when i sing about my past
its not a gimmick not an act
these critics and these trust fund kids
try to tell me what punk is
but when i see them on the street
they got nothin to say

http://www.poster.net/good-charlotte/good-charlotte-viaduct-5200096.jpg

Ed_Breegull
04-10-2010, 02:08 PM
http://www.penguins.cl/penguin/gentoo-penguins.jpg

Luke de Spa
04-10-2010, 07:45 PM
<font color="dab9ea">The only thing I could find to do with my English degree was teach... which would have been fine, because I wanted to teach high school English. Instead though, I wound up teaching Kinder and next year I'll be teaching 2nd grade. I feel like I'm losing everything I went to school for. If I ever end up getting a high school position it'll be disastrous because I'll treat them like absolute children since that's all I've had experience with. </font>

so your vocabulary sucks, is that what you're saying

Eric Blair
04-10-2010, 09:30 PM
the most valuable thing about an english degree vis-a-vis law school is that it teaches you to talk absolute shit
So many English departments are more interested in awful French "theory" and ridiculous applications of psychoanalysis then any actual study of English.

cocksure
04-11-2010, 02:07 AM
we get it, you dont like derrida

Luke de Spa
04-11-2010, 04:14 AM
we get it, you dont like derrida
we get it, you know who derrida is

cocksure
04-11-2010, 05:30 AM
*shrug*

Eric Blair
04-11-2010, 06:50 AM
I think I said that only once

cocksure
04-11-2010, 07:32 AM
i'm being facetious christ

Eric Blair
04-11-2010, 07:34 AM
Oh sorry, are you in a bad mood? I mean, you might have a point anyway, the 'I think' wasn't rhetorical.

smashingjj
04-11-2010, 08:46 AM
Es muy limitado. How are doing!

redbreegull
04-11-2010, 10:30 AM
Fuck Lacan and all those faggots.

pale blue eyes
04-11-2010, 12:54 PM
I suppose. But that is kind of what I meant when it is pretty much impossible to test anything. The human mind is so far beyond any sound understanding of it that there is always going to be a lot of guess work. That is why Freud and Adler and Jung and the other founders were more philosophers than anything. I particularly like Jung, but he was a pretty awful clinical psychologist.

There's more to psychology like that. People like Freud, Jung, Adler, and Eric Fromm especially were more of less philosophers, I do agree with you there. They were theorists and their ideas are much more interesting than reading a bunch of case studies where 1/3 of each page is foot notes. If you want a nice mix of psychology and hard science, try reading some Oliver Sacks or V.S. Ramachandran. They both have quite a few books but both are very, very smart but don't make the science sound as boring as a lot of others do.

Eulogy
04-13-2010, 10:14 AM
So many English departments are more interested in awful French "theory" and ridiculous applications of psychoanalysis then any actual study of English.

I'm in a psychoanalysis in literature class right now. It's the only time I've ever come in contact with much of it. Pretty neat sometimes.

Eulogy
04-13-2010, 10:15 AM
the most valuable thing about an english degree vis-a-vis law school is that it teaches you to talk absolute shit

also this

ATS
04-13-2010, 10:25 AM
last night in part of my dream someone said a word i didnt know

looked it up this morning "sobriquet" at least i think that was it. ive looked it up b4 and forgotten it... doubt ill ever heard it spoken aloud

Ihaguitar
04-13-2010, 12:30 PM
Words were never my strong point, I prefer numbers. I probably know more numbers that most of you jackasses.

exactlythesame
04-13-2010, 05:30 PM
last night in part of my dream someone said a word i didnt know

looked it up this morning "sobriquet" at least i think that was it. ive looked it up b4 and forgotten it... doubt ill ever heard it spoken aloud

that's pretty rad

Eulogy
04-14-2010, 09:32 AM
Fuck Lacan and all those faggots.

I also like how redbreegull is a total PC liberal arts pussy bitch but still likes to use the word "faggot" so he can achieve some level of edginess.

redbreegull
04-14-2010, 10:41 AM
I also like how redbreegull is a total PC liberal arts pussy bitch but still likes to use the word "faggot" so he can achieve some level of edginess.

I like how you're offended by vandalism

Eulogy
04-14-2010, 11:03 AM
offended and repulsed are not synonyms. your vocabulary fucking sucks, you pussy ass bitch.

redbreegull
04-14-2010, 01:54 PM
god damn you are such a moron. I didn't know a message board could hurt someone's feelings so much.

Eulogy
04-14-2010, 04:06 PM
god damn you are such a moron. I didn't know a message board could hurt someone's feelings so much.

whose feelings are hurt? what are you talking about? i just think you suck.

murgle
04-14-2010, 04:25 PM
I have a larger vocabulary than most others around me. It helps that I've surrounded myself with fairly uneducated people.

Unintentionally, anyway.

All but.... maybe two or three (one is an English major) of my employees have to ask what words I use mean. One was "conducive" today. I mean, seriously?

Eulogy
04-14-2010, 05:11 PM
People who use unnecessarily large/obscure words are just as bad as people with shitty vocabularies, imo. There's this one kid I have some classes who is the absolute worst about that. I also read part of one of his papers once, and it was the same way. And even his fiction (which, admittedly, was pretty damn good aside from some of the word choices) was like that. He's a smart kid, but it's just really grating sometimes.

slunken
04-14-2010, 05:18 PM
I think the true benefit of having a large vocabulary is to actually be more concise with one's words.

For instance, I enjoy knowing the specific names of things to eliminate using too many descriptors in conversation.

redbreegull
04-14-2010, 09:16 PM
Since we think through the conduits of language, knowing lots of words should actually expand the ways in which we perceive things.

exactlythesame
04-14-2010, 09:45 PM
Since we think through the conduits of language, knowing lots of words should actually expand the ways in which we perceive things.

you are incorrect

the ways in which we apply said words will change how we perceive things

slunken
04-14-2010, 10:05 PM
Which is why it's nice to have a large vocabulary. To control that perception.

redbreegull
04-14-2010, 11:07 PM
you are incorrect

the ways in which we apply said words will change how we perceive things

I don't know what you are talking about. Have you ever taken a psychology class?

28if
04-14-2010, 11:33 PM
i think redbreegull and eulogy need to fuck the shit out of each other. eulogy are you going to GW or what we gotta hang out if so like for real

Eulogy
04-15-2010, 12:07 AM
I don't know what you are talking about. Have you ever taken a psychology class?

ohhhh my godddddddddd ugggggh

Eulogy
04-15-2010, 12:08 AM
eulogy are you going to GW or what we gotta hang out if so like for real

it's looking like a yes

waltermcphilp
04-15-2010, 12:35 AM
I have a huge cock of a voice.

redbreegull
04-15-2010, 02:19 AM
Eulogy, you are so smart, could you please impart truth upon me?

Eulogy
04-15-2010, 06:56 AM
Eulogy, you are so smart, could you please impart truth upon me?

No, no. I could never give you any wisdom that you haven't already gleaned from your psychology class.

Eulogy
04-15-2010, 07:02 AM
Have you ever taken a philosophy class?!

Eulogy
04-15-2010, 07:31 AM
Guys it's ok. I took a sociology class.

duovamp
04-15-2010, 07:37 AM
Since we think through the conduits of language, knowing lots of words should actually expand the ways in which we perceive things.

you are incorrect

the ways in which we apply said words will change how we perceive things

Which is why it's nice to have a large vocabulary. To control that perception.

No, it is so we can communicate that perception more accurately.

slunken
04-15-2010, 08:00 AM
And ultimately control others' perception to be like our own.

Luke de Spa
04-15-2010, 08:03 AM
yeah nobody really sits down and thinks in english, it just feels like it

think of every "natural" or "easy" conversation you ever had, you know, the ones where it's just nice and friendly and you don't have to stop and think about it. congratulations, you're an automaton. but the cool thing is the brain lets the mind take the credit

anyway in summary fuck off all you social science losers

duovamp
04-15-2010, 08:05 AM
And ultimately control others' perception to be like our own.

Are we controlling by freeing? You seem to think that anything that affects something controls it. I submit that your definition of control is too broad. But don't worry, because there are better words you could use.

Cool As Ice Cream
04-15-2010, 08:22 AM
i have a small vocabulary. so i voted significantly less. i don't think i'd ever use a word like significantly myself.

duovamp
04-15-2010, 08:48 AM
You talk pretty.

hnibos
04-15-2010, 08:51 AM
life sucks

duovamp
04-15-2010, 08:55 AM
Quit your bellyachin'.

hnibos
04-15-2010, 09:13 AM
i hate anyone that uses the word faggot

Shallowed
04-15-2010, 09:37 AM
I don't mind it at all when people use the word faggot, but faggots themselves I despise.

hnibos
04-15-2010, 09:52 AM
*deletes off facebook*

Cool As Ice Cream
04-15-2010, 09:55 AM
You talk pretty.

thanks. :o

Eulogy
04-15-2010, 10:16 AM
i hate anyone that uses the word faggot

No, it's ok. He wears an Obama pin and takes college classes.

redbreegull
04-15-2010, 12:21 PM
yeah nobody really sits down and thinks in english, it just feels like it



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistic_relativity

duovamp
04-15-2010, 03:10 PM
Everyone is a faggot.

slunken
04-15-2010, 04:43 PM
Are we controlling by freeing? You seem to think that anything that affects something controls it. I submit that your definition of control is too broad. But don't worry, because there are better words you could use.

Yes but one could argue that language's main focus is to clearly illustrate a specific mental image. The more finely-tuned that language is, the more precise the image.

And putting thoughts and words and images into someone's head is a form of control.

duovamp
04-15-2010, 05:17 PM
Look, you were wrong and you're redirecting your old words. Nobody's buying it. Accept it. Deal with it.