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What is WRONG with using the OBVOIUS word?

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Jun 11, 2019 - 8:29:33 PM
51700 posts since 12/14/2005
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The local news guy warned people that now is the season to watch out, be careful, and not accidentally ignite something that's quite common around here, this time of year.

He says that cottonwood trees are sending out millions of seeds, and HIS WORDS:
".... which are held together by a , um, snowy substance".

It's the um before the snowy, PLUS the snowy, which bothered me.
For well over a century, in this area and others, the trees have been called COTTONwoods because the stuff they crank out looks COTTONY, not SNOWY!

Why stumble, looking for any other word?

Ah, well.
If that's the stupidest thing anybody says on TV for the remainder of JUNE 2019, we've nothing to worry about.

Jun 11, 2019 - 8:41:34 PM

Owen

Canada

3579 posts since 6/5/2011

Some people seem to need a way to express their superior knowledge.... and what better way than using a word in a novel way?  Heck, we don't even get "deflections" in hockey anymore... they're "redirects."     

Had your local dude not stumbled (?) with the "ah, um, er, etc." he'd have sounded much more "intelligent."   But, otoh, we had a  radio/TV journalist up here a while back, who did a lot of similar "fumbling" and and people were nearly orgasmic over his "relaxed / down-home" manner. 

Edited by - Owen on 06/11/2019 20:45:36

Jun 11, 2019 - 8:42:18 PM

36 posts since 2/7/2017

Snowy is an appropriate comparison because of how it falls from the air and accumulates in drifts, something which I've never associated with cotton.

Jun 11, 2019 - 8:59:52 PM
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Brian T

Canada

15496 posts since 6/5/2008

Some of it has to do with writing for the probable level of the audience. I did that in print and on radio for many years. A point in news-writing text books, meant to hold a listener.

Consider a soap bubble. Is it isodiametric, spherical or just down-to-earth round? Lexicon.
If you are meant to be writing science for an 10 yr old, a soap bubble is 'round.'

What's the opposite of 'glabrous?' Maybe trichomatose? Who cares at that level in the broadcast business?

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:56:26 AM
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OM45GE

USA

86439 posts since 11/7/2007

Obviously, using “obvoius” is incorrect

Jun 12, 2019 - 3:06:44 AM

6504 posts since 2/14/2006

I don't know what's wrong with using the obvious "union of letters that, by put together, make up a meaningful expression of our language."

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:00:11 AM
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It WILL burn.

But, unless the flame comes in contact with something ELSE suitably flammable, there seems to be little  danger of a serious conflagration.

Here's somebody lighting some:  https://youtu.be/lJfNlzgO3xU

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:46:35 AM
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figmo59

USA

28941 posts since 3/5/2008

P.C. ....

Can't speak normal annamores.... :0/

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:21:16 AM
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Mooooo

USA

6895 posts since 8/20/2016

I don't get it. What's wrong with snowy? When writers or speakers us a word in a sentence, they often look for another word as a substitute later on so they don't repeat the same word over and over. That's just good communication. Why do you think he avoided using the word cottony? Just so you feel better here is the word cottony repeated and re-repeated etc....cottony cottony cottony  cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony cottony

Edited by - Mooooo on 06/12/2019 10:24:04

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:24:08 AM

99 posts since 4/11/2019

Keep talking like that and they will put you in the box for the night.

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:27:25 AM
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Mooooo

USA

6895 posts since 8/20/2016

a box would be o.k. if they give you a nice comforter and pillow stuffed with snowy cotton.

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:07:03 PM

1687 posts since 7/23/2015

..don't find anything wrong using poetic leanings in verse? Take some lectures from the Greek, 'Archilochus' he was the 'intellectual' of his time...
doesn't the horse wear blinkers Mike?

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:32:32 PM
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I spelled it worng!

As they say in Ireland:
"Seamus on me!"

It duzzint matter what he said, any more.

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:00:51 PM

8868 posts since 8/22/2006

".... which are held together by a , um, snowy substance".

What the hades does that mean? Snowy substance? Is it ice? That shows his/her lack of knowledge when it comes to comparing anything to snow. What is snow? I know snow is cold and it's made of ice. How could one discribe a winter event to something that happens in late spring. SNOWY Snowy?

Jun 12, 2019 - 5:34:38 PM
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Mooooo

USA

6895 posts since 8/20/2016

Pollen from the cottonwood tree resembles snow, a lot. If you've never seen it on the ground, maybe you would disagree. Aside from the material and the temperature, it is white, fluffy, floats to the ground slowly like snowflakes. So it does have plenty of characteristics in common with snow...but the guy said snowy, as in snow-like, not a perfect match for snow in every aspect. Here's a picture of cottonwood pollen (the part that carries the seed) on the ground looking very similar to something that covers the ground in the wintertime.

If that don't look like snow to you, then maybe you haven't seen snow.


Edited by - Mooooo on 06/12/2019 17:40:17

Jun 12, 2019 - 5:48:45 PM

236 posts since 5/29/2015

Using the C-word is not politically correct.

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:04:03 PM
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donc

Canada

5846 posts since 2/9/2010

I would prefer cottonous. Without cotton we would be incottonant.

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:16:13 PM

8868 posts since 8/22/2006

I have seen snow and we have cottonwoods as well so sorry moo I have seen both and snowy is not a good comparison. Cotton is similar. It's called a cottonwood tree for a reason. SNOWY my arse.

Jun 13, 2019 - 3:02:15 PM

Owen

Canada

3579 posts since 6/5/2011

....oops... sorry... having a brain fart.... just posted the same  link Mike did to the dude burning it [just like snow]....editing it away is the easiest way to protect the guilty.

Edited by - Owen on 06/13/2019 15:07:47

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