Evolving shades of meaning (was Re: LUNATIC again)
|From:||/Joe Mondello <rugpretzel@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 8, 1998, 5:06|
In a message dated 11/7/98 5:46:20 PM Eastern Standard Time, dgd@CS.BU.EDU
> >I think that when people first use a slang expression, the wordsdo have
> >association with a more standard equivalent, but then the metaphorical
> >extensions start growing. "Cool" does not mean what it did when I
> >was a kid, when it
> >could in most cases have been exactlyu replaced by a number of other words
> >with no change ion meaning, in the typical slang usage. If there were
> >subtleties of meaning in the various slang words of approval, they were
> >on me.
This is why, in my projects, i often write several synoyms for adjectives into
the language, then gradually in usage create a change in meaning.
eg. BEFORE: gluun, tref, thush: new
AFTER: gluun: new
tref: innovative, never before seen.
thush: variant, a [new] member of a [new] subcategory
does anyone else do this?