Debra Smith

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Is it fair or respectful to rate any TED talk OBNOXIOUS?

From dictionary.com:
ob·nox·ious   /əbˈnɒkʃəs/ Show Spelled
[uhb-nok-shuhs] Show IPA

–adjective
1. highly objectionable or offensive; odious: obnoxious behavior.
2. annoying or objectionable due to being a showoff or attracting undue attention to oneself: an obnoxious little brat.
3. Archaic . exposed or liable to harm, evil, or anything objectionable.
4. Obsolete . liable to punishment or censure; reprehensible.

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    Mar 5 2011: This conversation is already running in the following topic: http://www.ted.com/conversations/796/why_is_it_that_every_time_i_ev.html

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    Mar 5 2011: Why? What purpose would rating someone's presentation as obnoxious achieve? Granted, all rating are subjective, though choosing a description that is less personalized might be more in keeping with TED. I think it might be difficult for many to sort out the difference between the talk having an obnoxious overtone, verses your opinion of the person as being obnoxious -- which really wouldn't do at all.
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    Mar 4 2011: Well, if the meaning of obnoxious is the second one from the dictionary, then yes, maybe this word could be used for some of the talks. But that's the problem, different people think different, and we do not use the same word to describe the same thought, emotion, experience.
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    Mar 4 2011: ow thanks for translation. won't pick it again XD. Thought it meant "puzzling" deriving from context.