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If you can remove one word from the world and all of humanity what would you remove?

If you can take away any word in english dictionary what word would you remove? If so what would be your reason of removing this word?

  • Aug 21 2011: Removal of any word doesn't take away what it stands for! It would just be replaced with another word that means the same thing.
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      Aug 22 2011: If, however, we could magically do it- actually remove the word along with the concept it represented, what word would you choose Gale?
      I might choose murder or rape.
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      Aug 24 2011: Not necessarily. Some language will have words for a concept that are missing in another language. So much of what we take a a natural giving is a cultural bias that is influenced by language.
  • Aug 22 2011: Belieber.

    Perhaps this hasn't even officially become a word (yet), and while I'm certain this entertainer, Justin Bieber, is very talented, I personally have had enough.

    As someone who loves the craftsmanship of language, I find this kind of pop culture word smithing to be sloppy and irritating. Words aren't cheap, slang is. When made up single word "puns" actually make it into the dictionary, I think it degrades language. I know that sounds obsessive, but language and words deserve our respect, correct usage and protection. There is beauty in the purity of words and language that feels lost to a younger generation.

    I can appreciate change and evolution certainly, and I adore innovative verse and will never outgrow my devotion to inventive prose. The Dr. Suess books are, as an example, wonderfully abstract and meaningful, and the author certainly pushes the boundaries of language. Theodor Seuss Geisel [the real Dr. Suess] had such finesse to his composition, even the silliest phrasings show an artistry and gift for lyric.

    I wonder, did we actually create this monster ourselves? Probably. I've considered the centuries old comparatives, like Cesarian [as in Section] so perhaps what we are witnessing is just the faster evolution of language, given the speed at which technology has changed all things. But, as this s a question about personal opinion regarding words, I can honestly say, "Belieber" has to go. ;)
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      Aug 22 2011: no worries A year or two will erase Belieber
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      Sep 1 2011: Words such as the one you mention actually have a "sef-destruct" mechanism built right into them! Mark my words: 5 years from now when someone utters the word "Beiber" it will be met with "What is that?"
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    Aug 23 2011: want
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    Aug 23 2011: No.

    Because Yes is the answer..
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      Sep 1 2011: Have you heard the song, "Mind Games" by John Lennon? Your answer has that song's "feel" to it!
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    Aug 22 2011: Bigotry
  • Aug 22 2011: greed
  • Aug 21 2011: For me, it is a toss up between "peace," "love," and "environmentally-friendly."
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      Aug 23 2011: What's so funny about peace love and understanding?
  • Sep 3 2011: Wrong or more accurately the thought "you are wrong"
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    Sep 3 2011: Will removing word end up the act / thought it expresses? Not really.

    So I will not remove any word as then will lose the power of communicating my dislikings of that act / thought (many words automatically die though in any language and many also take birth)
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    Sep 1 2011: God
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    Sep 1 2011: Methinks we think too much!

    The questions is clear - what word? There are words that I despise just because of the way they look, the way they sound, the way they feel, the way they are used.

    The word I would want removed is "Curmudgeon".

    I also don't like words that end in "itis" such as "gingivitis". "bursitis" etc.
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    Aug 28 2011: Hi there Jasper, what a wonderful question.
    So, to clarify, as we taking away the "thing" that the word represents? Eg: If i say we will obliterate the word 'Poverty", does that mean all poverty will end? In which case, wow, there's a long list of candidates like Hunger, Murder, War, Rape, Famine, Socialism, Abortion, Country-Music etc.......
    Or, are we thinking more in terms of if we abolish a word, then our actions might follow, eg: we take away the word "mine", so no one can ever say, hey, got off those bananas they're mine? Or "mine" meaning we abolish those small explosive things that blow your leg off? Or "mine" meaning a deep shaft in the ground from which we extract gold, diamonds, coal etc? Hmmm, I think the word I would want to remove is the word 'impossible".
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    Aug 24 2011: "mine" seems like we should have outgrown that one by now.
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    Aug 24 2011: 'Self.' 'My' would be a close runner-up.
  • Aug 23 2011: Hate.
    It is such an ugly world. I dislike what it represents and what it causes people to feel and to do.
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    Aug 23 2011: corruption....because i'm from INDIA!!
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    Aug 23 2011: Guns
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    Aug 22 2011: "zero", the reason would be nothing
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    Aug 21 2011: Lexicon