Off topic: Who else ends up associating everyday phrases or words with the kind of story they represent?
Thread poster: George Trail

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May 15, 2010

Maybe this is more of a "social" thing than a "language" thing, at least from an academic perspective (although there is definitely the field of sociolinguistics and the field of psycholinguistics), but...

Who ends up associating everyday phrases or even words with single pre-conceptions of what kind of story they represent? I've done it - there was once a time when I couldn't remember the last time I said, "I'm sorry", in connection with a circumstance which was NOT a circumstance in which I was issuing an apology. And I think that said something about me. Not that I have had a particularly embarrassing / shameful amount to apologise for; but it showed I how detached I could be from those around me. After all, people say, "I'm sorry" when they know they are emotionally compelled to sympathise with someone, even when the person to whom they are talking may be frustrating them on a personal level.

And I used to think of an "opinion" as a statement that strictly indicates whether one likes / dislikes something, is in favour / disfavour of something. I recently stated to my parents, "Even my brother thinks I need a new computer - and I didn't even ask for his opinion." But I personally do not usually use the word "opinion" like that.

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