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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000035.txt from 2005/04

From: (Ormondtoby Montoya)
Subj: Re: [kl] Prokofiev's Overture (was: Concert Announcement)
Date: Sun, 03 Apr 2005 16:48:29 -0400

It's dangerous to assume that usage of a 'new' word spreads throughout a
society or sub-culture because every person therein understands or
subscribes to the originator's motives.

Haven't most of us (especially as children) used a word until someone
told us what it really means? For example, I've told teenagers
numerous times what "dork" really means. Some of them don't believe
me. Some of them already knew and think it's funny. And ---
fortunately --- many of them are dismayed to learn what they've been
saying and they never use the word again.

Where Hebrew and Yiddish are concerned, I myself was unaware of these
details until I began to read posts about music's title here on
Klarinet. And it's clear that a number of us still have different
ideas about the words' meanings. Some of us link these words to
specific geographical locations (marked by a particular river), others
link them to social migrations, or to politics.....

It's not at all a clear picture with a generally accepted set of
definitions. It's sort of like saying "dark" or "focused" or......

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