Today I Found Out About These Words [Pic]

Submitted by: honkeylips 5 years ago Misc

10 words and their origins.
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Male 54
"I DON`T LIKE SPAM!!!!!!"
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Male 3,425
If I had to make a list of the top 100 subjects I couldn`t care less about, the origins of words would be #3 on that list.
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Male 2,050
tldrdc
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Male 37,888

"gay men were behind the driving thrust ..."

Inuendo is fun
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Male 1,582
I think there were only like two that I didn`t know already.
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Male 4,902
@sbeelz, cool story bro
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Male 21
tl;dr
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Male 2,868
M_Archer- While I think that feminists have a point there, the English language is fairly gender neutral compared to other languages. I can`t even begin to imagine how one could go about making French or Spanish (which I picked because they`re the only other languages I`ve studied) gender neutral.
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Male 2,868
"...they found it funny with "crap" meaning something to the effect of "refuse" and that most of the cisterns and toilets in England were stamped with "T. Crapper & Co Ltd". It was ironical to them..."

1) Though technically a word, using ironical in place of ironic is pointless. Since ironic is already an adjective, adding "al" to the end of the word is superfluous.

2) This is not an example of irony. It is actually COINCIDENTAL that toilets were branded with the name "Crapper" when the word "crap" meant refuse, not "ironical."

3) What IS ironic is that the person who produced this document, who one can presume has studied the English language formally, or, at the very least, has an above average interest in it as a layperson, cannot use the word "irony" properly.
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Male 25,416
learning is fun....
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Male 1,540
This was really informative; I liked it.
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Male 12,365
[quote]WRONG. Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet.[/quote]

This article doesn`t say that he did. You have misread it.

It says that during WW1 a large proportion of the toilets in England were made by Crapper`s company and marked as such. Which is true. Crapper invented some improvements to the flushing toilet, used them to gain a sizeable share of the market and clearly marked his products as a branding exercise.
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Male 540
In 1940, John W. Eckelberry of DuPont stated that the letters "nyl" were arbitrary and the "on" was copied from the suffixes of other fibers such as cotton and rayon. A later publication by DuPont explained that the name was originally intended to be "No-Run" ("run" meaning "unravel"), but was modified to avoid making such an unjustified claim and to make the word sound better. An apocryphal explanation is that Nylon is a conflation of "New York" and "London".

Wikipedia, yo.
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Male 4,746
My favourite one is "Nylon". It was created by two guys, one was from New York and the other was from London. "NY LON".
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Male 525
WRONG. Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet.

Also, "man" is still used as gender neutral--when people say "man", most of the time they mean "human" (e.g. man-made, chairman). I think it`s only the stuffy feminists who insist on ascribing a sexist context to that word.
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Male 6,737
Yay dung twig!
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Female 295
I stopped reading at `Thomas Crapper`

"Good evening, Mr. Crapper. Would you and Mrs. Crapper care for a cup of coffee?"
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Female 4,447
POOP TWIG! *giggle*
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Male 2,551
That was much more annoying to read than it needed to be.
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Male 494
Well, crap. God had no gender this whole time?
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Male 1,586
Link: Today I Found Out About These Words [Pic] [Rate Link] - 10 words and their origins.
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