Special Words For Ordinary Things

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    May 17, 2009 1:41 AM GMT
    Do you and your partner, lover, friends have special words for ordinary things? Have you used these words outside in the real world by accident?

    ie: My partner and I use the words "scrotum sack" for "cul-de-sac" so much that the other day when I was talking with someone at work I actually said the words "scrotum sack" by mistake. Well, I was read faced for a moment and then it all turned to laughter and I explained why I just said what I said. I was surprised to hear how many people have different words for ordinary things.

    What is yours? I have more to share if you all will share some first. icon_lol.gif
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    May 17, 2009 1:51 AM GMT
    Bear321 saidMy partner and I use the words "scrotum sack" for "cul-de-sac" so much

    Ok, that's weird. ... icon_eek.gif ... First, that you use it. Second, that you use it so much that your brain has actually wired a habitual neural pathway for it. ... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 17, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
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    Bear321 saidMy partner and I use the words "scrotum sack" for "cul-de-sac" so much

    Ok, that's weird. ... icon_eek.gif ... First, that you use it. Second, that you use it so much that your brain has actually wired a habitual neural pathway for it. ... icon_rolleyes.gif


    Caslon, is there such a thing as habitual neural pathway? That would be a great name for a bad. Now playing.... "Habitual Neural Pathway". icon_wink.gif
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    May 17, 2009 1:58 AM GMT


    This is for Bear321 who just celebrated 17 years on May15th with his guy....


    This tune came out around the time you guys met...



    I guess the time was right for us to say
    We'd take our time and live our lives together day by day
    We'll make a wish and send it on a prayer
    We know our dreams can all come true with love that we can share

    With you I never wonder - will you be there for me
    With you I never wonder - you're the right one for me

    Chorus:
    I finally found the love of a lifetime
    A love to last my whole life through
    I finally found the love of a lifetime
    Forever in my heart, I finally found the love of a lifetime

    With every kiss our love is like brand-new
    And every star up in the sky was made for me and you
    Still we both know that the road is long
    (But) we know that we will be together because our love is strong




    signed - fools for love
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    May 17, 2009 2:13 AM GMT
    Bear321 said
    Caslon10000 said
    Bear321 saidMy partner and I use the words "scrotum sack" for "cul-de-sac" so much

    Ok, that's weird. ... icon_eek.gif ... First, that you use it. Second, that you use it so much that your brain has actually wired a habitual neural pathway for it. ... icon_rolleyes.gif


    Caslon, is there such a thing as habitual neural pathway? That would be a great name for a bad. Now playing.... "Habitual Neural Pathway". icon_wink.gif

    Yes, there is. Neural pathways that are used are strengthened. "Muscle memory" is the development of such neural pathways that make movements, like in dancing and playing an instrument, habitual. Remember the old adage: Practice makes perfect. ... icon_wink.gif ... And just plain balancing is the development and refinement of the neural pathways from the muscles involved to the brain, accomplished by repeated use.

    A short term example of this is dripping water from a leaky faucet at night. At night in bed, your senses are not being bombarded as they are when you are awake. The noise from a slowly dripping faucet stimulates a neural pathway in your brain. That same pathway is stimulated with each drip. But not only are the neurons of that pathway stimulated, the surrounding neurons are suppressed and deadened. So this particular pathway grows in intensity with each passing drip. And that is why each drip sounds louder and louder until you cant stand it and have to get up and do something about that leaky faucet. ...See auditory contrast enhancement, pg. 106 in How the Brain Evolved Language

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    May 17, 2009 9:50 AM GMT
    That seems like a really fascinating book Caslon! Thanks icon_smile.gif
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    May 17, 2009 11:14 PM GMT

    I was channel surfing once and some girl on Maury enjoyed making up words for "ordinary" things. I listened briefly and nothing struck me as interesting except for one. She calls Police cars "Pope-ma-bope". I adopted it and that's what I call them now too. Oh, I also refer to gay bears as "lunch," quite a bit. icon_razz.gif
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    May 17, 2009 11:19 PM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidThat seems like a really fascinating book Caslon! Thanks icon_smile.gif


    Yeah, agreed, I want to check this out.
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    May 18, 2009 2:09 AM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidThat seems like a really fascinating book Caslon! Thanks icon_smile.gif


    warrior_poet63 saidYeah, agreed, I want to check this out.

    Are you all interested in the neural aspects or linguistic aspect of the book?


    Apologies to the OP, I seem to have sidetracked your thread ... icon_redface.gif
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    May 18, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
    well I don't know if it was so special words, but, I'm terrible at remembering suburb names and so on, so, we used to have this DVD rentle place and a fish and chip shop which we would go to occasionally over the one that was more local, so, when ever we wanted to go there, it was the place were we rented the dvd player or the fish and chip shop near were we rented the DVD player

    Then I always knew how to get there icon_smile.gif

    it was the same for everything, its how my ex used to explain everything to me if we'd been there and I couldn't remember it, cause I can remember everything we did and were it was geographically but the names of places I'm terrible with.
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    May 19, 2009 12:04 AM GMT
    Well, here's another one. We both love Chinese food and most of the time we can't remember the names of the places or pronounce them so we just started calling all Chinese Restaurants, "China Hut". In fact we have a new Chinese Restaurant that we refer to as the "New China Hut", not the "Old China Hut". We got the "Hut" from "Pizza Hut". icon_wink.gif

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    May 19, 2009 12:14 AM GMT
    Caslon,

    Like the dripping faucet that can drive you crazy, what is the opposite of that in which you get use to a loud sound. Like living near a train track and hearing trains all the time. At some point you don't notice the train anymore. We live kind of close to a train track and we don't really notice it. I guess we are more aware of a train but not disturbed by it. When we have our parents or friends stay over they usually tell us about the train waking them during the night. I once heard a term used for getting use to a sound but I can't remember the term. Here's hoping you have heard of it. Thanks. Woo-woo icon_lol.gif