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[Balin] Capitalizing on the situation

Postby Balin » Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:18 pm

In recent years, a certain word has gained a new meaning, practically the opposite of its other meanings, when all its letters are capitalized. What is the word and what are its meanings?
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Re: [Balin] Capitalizing on the situation

Postby WiZ » Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:42 pm

Does it create an an acronym? An abbreviation? Does the capitalised version reflect a different tone, such as anger or irony, that would change the meaning?

Has it been popularised through internet use? Does one tend to encounter it in chat rooms and forums? Is it rare to encounter it outside these?

Is it catch-phrasey, like YOLO or similar?
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Re: [Balin] Capitalizing on the situation

Postby biograd » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:47 pm

Does the new meaning have anything to do with technology? Does it refer to something that didn't exist longer( say, 10 or 100 years) before?

For those who don't know, "Yolo" IS the name of a county in California. I bet people who live there find the current meaning of YOLO amusing, especially since that county is kind of a remote, rural one that is in no way a "happening" place, nor is it, for example, up in the mountains where there's great camping, rock climbing, etc. One edge IS next to Sacramento, but other than that it's nothing of note.
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Re: [Balin] Capitalizing on the situation

Postby Balin » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:10 pm

Does it create an an acronym? Yes An abbreviation?
Does the capitalised version reflect a different tone, such as anger or irony, that would change the meaning? I'll say Yes, but I'm not quite sure what you mean by the question.

Has it been popularised through internet use? Yes Does one tend to encounter it in chat rooms and forums? Certain ones Is it rare to encounter it outside these? I'd say less common, but not all that uncommon

Is it catch-phrasey, like YOLO or similar? Not like YOLO, no

Does the new meaning have anything to do with technology? No Does it refer to something that didn't exist longer( say, 10 or 100 years) before? No

For those who don't know, "Yolo" IS the name of a county in California. I bet people who live there find the current meaning of YOLO amusing, especially since that county is kind of a remote, rural one that is in no way a "happening" place, nor is it, for example, up in the mountains where there's great camping, rock climbing, etc. One edge IS next to Sacramento, but other than that it's nothing of note. Did not know that – interesting.
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Re: [Balin] Capitalizing on the situation

Postby Grip » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:33 pm

Is this forum relevant? (Other than you posting this puzzle on it, of course.)
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Re: [Balin] Capitalizing on the situation

Postby Balin » Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:15 pm

Is this forum relevant? (Other than you posting this puzzle on it, of course.) Not this time, unfortunately.
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Re: [Balin] Capitalizing on the situation

Postby WiZ » Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:29 pm

Is the similarity between the new acronym and the old word entirely coincidental (imagine, if you will, a parallel universe, equal to ours but for the fact that swans were called lasers)?

Does the acronym refer to an object? A tangible or intangible entity? Does it summarise an expression/ejaculation (as with YOLO)? A state of affairs (as with FUBAR)? A judgement call (as with PEBCAK)?

Is it used to refer to people? Does it have particularly positive or negative connotations? Is it considered very informal, or vulgar to any extent?

Would you deduct 10 IQ points from anyone who you saw using the phrase?

Is there a particular social group who would use it more than others? Particular breed of hobbyist? Someone with particular politics?
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Re: [Balin] Capitalizing on the situation

Postby Balin » Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:38 am

Is the similarity between the new acronym and the old word entirely coincidental (imagine, if you will, a parallel universe, equal to ours but for the fact that swans were called lasers)? Yes

Does the acronym refer to an object? A tangible or intangible entity? See below
Does it summarise an expression/ejaculation (as with YOLO)? No A state of affairs (as with FUBAR)? No A judgement call (as with PEBCAK)? Yope

Is it used to refer to people? Yes Does it have particularly positive or negative connotations? Positive (the acronym) Is it considered very informal, or vulgar to any extent? Informal Yes, vulgar No

Would you deduct 10 IQ points from anyone who you saw using the phrase? Since it's quickly becoming overused, I'm going to have to start.

Is there a particular social group who would use it more than others? Yes Particular breed of hobbyist? Yes, slight svv of "hobby" Someone with particular politics? No
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Re: [Balin] Capitalizing on the situation

Postby jumpingjacks » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:07 am

Is the acronym usually pronounced as if it were a word? (eg. lol or the yolo example) Or is it obviously an acronym such as TLDR, PMSL etc?
Social group who would use it - gamers? people into sport? baseball enthusiasts? parents? teenagers?
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Re: [Balin] Capitalizing on the situation

Postby Balin » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:15 am

Is the acronym usually pronounced as if it were a word? Yes (eg. lol or the yolo example) Or is it obviously an acronym such as TLDR, PMSL etc?
Social group who would use it - gamers? people into sport? This baseball enthusiasts? Also this, see previous. Though I see it mostly with (American) football enthusiasts. parents? teenagers?
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Re: [Balin] Capitalizing on the situation

Postby jumpingjacks » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:22 am

GOAT?
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Re: [Balin] Capitalizing on the situation

Postby Balin » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:25 am

GOAT? One shot!

****SPOILER****

In sports, "goat" has traditionally been used to refer to someone whose actions caused the loss of a game, and has meant a loser. Nowadays, GOAT is often used as an acronym, meaning "Greatest Of All Time."

Jackie is now nominated as a candidate for GOAT Lateral Leap. New puzzle on the way.
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Re: [Balin] (*SOLVED*) Capitalizing on the situation

Postby jumpingjacks » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:29 am

Awesome, thanks!!! =) I do love an acronym.
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Re: [Balin] (*SOLVED*) Capitalizing on the situation

Postby Twilightseeker » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:27 am

Nice!
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