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Too often we presume everyone with a good working knowledge of “English” understands the same shared lexicon vocabulary. Truth is, the more complex and nuanced a concept, the more precisely a word is being used, the more likely we lose touch with each other’s meaning by dint of unalike working definitions.

To make things worse, our language skills are under siege all the time, by propaganda strategies designed to redefine – reassociate – misdirect understanding by changing word uses to condition a parallel coded vocabulary.

The appropriation of word-thought associations is one of the most powerful ways to train (mis)understanding (often unconsciously, therefore unchallenged). Too much exposure to propaganda – especially in an echo chamber – degrades a person’s communication skills except among ingroup peers. Parochialism achieves a similar end-point. Atomization.

Power over words is power over minds and, more dangerously, power over how one person relates to another.

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There are currently 24 definitions in this directory
B
baseless
propagandist print media inclusion to discredit something heterodox
bidirectional digital media
B.D.D.M. as it is called, a coverall term for social media but also academic non-local learning. Popular during the pandemic.
C
cassandra

The term originates in Greek mythology. Struck by the beauty of Cassandra, daughter of Priam, Apollo provided her with the gift of prophecy, but when Cassandra refused Apollo's romantic advances, he placed a curse ensuring that nobody would believe her warnings. Cassandra was left with the knowledge of future events, but could neither alter these events nor convince others of the validity of her predictions. In psychology the Cassandra metaphor applies to to individuals who experience physical and emotional suffering as a result of distressing personal perceptions, and who are disbelieved when they attempt to share the cause of their suffering with others.

D
dormer
A dormer is a roofed structure, often containing a window, that projects vertically beyond the plane of a pitched roof. A dormer window (also called dormer) is a form of roof window.
data | datum

Data is a mass noun, uncountable noun, or non-count noun is a noun with the syntactic property that any quantity of it is treated as an undifferentiated unit, rather than as something with discrete elements. Non-count nouns are distinguished from count nouns. Sand, family, etc.

Recently data has been singled out for abuse. "Data is" has been inexplicably morphing into "data are" and the usual cunts absorb and proliferate this change as if Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

E
excerpt
A short extract from a continuous whole thing.
exigent
pressing; demanding e.g. "the exigent demands of her contemporaries' music took a toll on her voice"
F
force majeure
unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract - irresistible compulsion or superior strength
G
gleichgeschaltet
Literally "synchronized" or brought into line and good order. Synonymous with Nazification of extant institutions like universities and media outlets, bringing them into line with the National Socialist worldview.
I
incipient
Just beginning: signs of incipient public frustration.
J
jeremiah

Modern usage based on the Hebrew biblical prophet Jeremiah who pronounced God's judgment upon the people of his time for their wickedness. The original Jeremiah was concerned especially with false and insincere worship and failure to trust Yahweh in national affairs. He denounced social injustices but not so much as some previous prophets, such as Amos and Micah @ University of Toronto on Judaism and Claude Mariottini Jeremiah Use of Metaphor articles.

M
mechanism (marketing)
people want something fast and without effort, like getting rich or getting thin. mechanism is the ever changing bullshit process sold to achieve the want. It's always changing as people get wise to a particular mechanism, new mechanisms are needed to profit from the want.
missing context
"Missing context" is the fact-checker euphemism for "this claim is correct but we don't want anyone screencapping this as ammo."
N
numinous
Relating to religious belief.
no true Scotsman

No true Scotsman (appeal to purity) is an informal fallacy in which one attempts to protect their universal generalisation from a falsifying counterexample by excluding the counterexample improperly. Rather than abandoning the falsified universal generalisation or providing evidence that would disqualify the falsifying counterexample, a slightly modified generalisation is constructed ad-hoc to definitionally exclude the undesirable specific case and counterexamples like it by appeal to rhetoric - emotionally charged but nonsubstantive purity platitudes - like "true, pure, genuine, authentic, real" etc. In short: an "ad hoc rescue" of a refuted generalization attempt.

Simplified rendition of the fallacy:

  • Person A: "No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge."
  • Person B: "But my uncle Angus is a Scotsman and he puts sugar on his porridge."
  • Person A: "But no true Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge."

Appeal to purity is used here to protect/elevate a preferred group. "No true Scotsman would do XYZ" or "Only in Scotland would there be XYZ".

O
occluded
Occluded refers to stopping something by closing up the way in or the line of sight; to obstruct (an opening, orifice, or passage) e.g. thick makeup can occlude the pores.
P
plebs

Did MS spell checker recently alter the word plebs to plebES? #NoteToSelf

PLEBS used to be ubiquitous but now PLEBES is creeping into the vernacular of swathES:nerd_face: of non-academic US middle class. This demographic is also starting to actually say "pleeb" instead of "plebb". WTF? Merriam-Webster Screenshot as posted on Twitter.

polyanna

Typically, an excessively or blindly optimistic person, per the Pollyanna principle which is the basis of polyanna syndrome in modern psychotherapy. Originally "Polyanna" comes from the 1913 novel Pollyanna by American author Eleanor H. Porter, making "Pollyanna" a byword for someone who – like the title character – has an unfailingly optimistic outlook through practical "look for the glad in the difficulty and sorrow". Nowadays the word has devolved into simply excessive almost unrealistic (blind) optimism.

S
stochastic
Stochastic refers to the property of being well described by a random probability distribution. Although stochasticity and randomness are distinct in that the former refers to a modeling approach and the latter refers to phenomena itself, these two terms are often used as being synonyms. adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by conjecture; conjectural. Involving or containing a random variable or process. Conjectural; given to or partaking of conjecture.
swathe | swath
Swathe and swath aren't synonyms. Somehow the words have separated, with some Americans using "swath" and others using "swathe". Cunts.
synaptopathy

A synaptopathy is a disease of the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nervous system relating to the dysfunction of synapses. This can arise as a result of a mutation in a gene encoding a synaptic protein such as an ion channel, neurotransmitter receptor, or a protein involved in neurotransmitter release. It can also arise as a result of an autoantibody targeting a synaptic protein. See Wikipedia page for more.

T
telos
Telos is a term used by philosopher Aristotle to refer to the full potential or inherent purpose or objective of a person or thing, similar to the notion of an 'end goal' or 'raison d'être'. Moreover, it can be understood as the "supreme end of man's endeavour".
tabula rasa (blank slate)

Formalised by philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) in n Essay Concerning Human Understanding, tabula rasa is the theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content (ideas) and therefore all knowledge (conceptual) comes from experience or perception. Epistemological proponents of tabula rasa disagree with the doctrine of innatism, which holds that the mind is born already in possession of certain knowledge. Nuture over nature emphasis, without discounting nature exerting great influence over nurture by - at the very least - establishing potentials that vary from person to person.

Z
zealot
extremely enthusiastic advocate (follower) of a particular dognma. Origin early 14c into English from "member of a militant 1st century Jewish sect which fiercely resisted the Romans in Palestine" (Late Latin zelotes, from Greek zēlōtēs "one who is a zealous follower". Extended sense of "a fanatical enthusiast" first recorded 1630s (earlier in this sense was zelator, mid-15c.).

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