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Date: 09/25/11 08:30 AM

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    honkeylips Male 30-39
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    September 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm
    Link: Today I Found Out About These Words - 10 words and their origins.
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    MrHyde Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 9:16 am
    Well, crap. God had no gender this whole time?
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    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 9:17 am
    That was much more annoying to read than it needed to be.
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    Ani187 Female 30-39
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    September 25, 2011 at 9:56 am
    POOP TWIG! *giggle*
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    Aedran Female 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 10:09 am
    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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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    September 25, 2011 at 10:12 am
    Yay dung twig!
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    M_Archer Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 10:26 am
    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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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    September 25, 2011 at 10:30 am
    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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    Caretta Male 18-29
    540 posts
    September 25, 2011 at 11:14 am
    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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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    September 25, 2011 at 11:39 am
    WRONG. Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet.

    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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    Thetas Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm
    This was really informative; I liked it.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    September 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm
    learning is fun....
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    September 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm
    "...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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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    September 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    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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    espenfana Male 18-29
    21 posts
    September 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm
    tl;dr
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm
    @sbeelz, cool story bro
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    Justin9235 Male 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 4:32 am
    I think there were only like two that I didn`t know already.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    September 26, 2011 at 7:13 am

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

    Inuendo is fun
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    Concetra Male 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    tldrdc
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    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm
    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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    WobxFobxdobx Male 18-29
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    September 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm
    "I DON`T LIKE SPAM!!!!!!"

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