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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)19:44 UTC+1 No.5341651 Report

ITT, words that need to be phased out of the English language.

>actually
>really
>very

If any of these words appear more than four times over the course of your novel (outside of dialogue obviously), you're a bad writer.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)19:52 UTC+1 No.5341671 Report

>>5341651
>muh Dead Poets Society
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)19:52 UTC+1 No.5341674 Report

>>5341651
go watch Dead Poets' Society you asshole
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)19:52 UTC+1 No.5341675 Report

you're literally trolling
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)19:53 UTC+1 No.5341677 Report

>>5341675
Like, actually trolling?
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)19:55 UTC+1 No.5341686 Report

>>5341677
can you not?
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)19:58 UTC+1 No.5341692 Report

>>5341651
Actually/really are important qualifiers if used correctly. Very is an important word for some euphemisms and some sarcasm. Both take on a lot of color in speech, as intensifiers, from the tone of voice.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)19:59 UTC+1 No.5341701 Report

>>5341671
>>5341674
I must be the only person on the planet who doesn't have a posthumous boner for every B-list celebrity who ever kicked the bucket, because this reference just went straight over my head. Care to explain?
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:01 UTC+1 No.5341704 Report

Your pedantry needs to be phased out.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:02 UTC+1 No.5341705 Report

i literally can't even, OP
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:03 UTC+1 No.5341709 Report

>>5341701
so you don't know but you actually know who was in there and that he died.

tell us more about your ignorance of the film OP
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:04 UTC+1 No.5341710 Report

>>5341651
Actually, your post really shows a lack knowledge of english if you think those words should be phased out.
Very disappointing if you ask me.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:05 UTC+1 No.5341713 Report

>>5341701
>Robin Williams
>B-list
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:05 UTC+1 No.5341716 Report

that feel when i actually use those words very often, i really can't stop using them
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:05 UTC+1 No.5341720 Report

>>5341705
preach sister

he cray cray
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:09 UTC+1 No.5341728 Report

>>5341709
>you actually know who was in there and that he died
Uh... Yes? Robin Williams' death was reported on every major news outlet in the country, and probably the world. Of course I'm aware that he died, because I read the news.

No, I haven't seen Dead Poets Society, because I'm not one of those hipsters who feels the need to marathon every single one of an actors' movies to "commemorate" him. There's nothing to commemorate. He was a mediocre actor. If his movies were any good, you wouldn't have waited until he was dead to watch them.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:10 UTC+1 No.5341735 Report

>>5341728
You can't possibly be this stupid. People mourned him across the world precisely because they had watched his movies prior to his death.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:14 UTC+1 No.5341746 Report

>>5341735
you are falling for an obvious bait, just warning you.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:14 UTC+1 No.5341748 Report

>>5341735
Oh gee whiz, sorry, I didn't realize I was on /tv/. I'm sure there was a time when I might have enjoyed the whimsical innocence of Robin Williams, but I had a dad who always wanted me to watch "real" movies. So I ended up being the only kid on my block to watch Goodfellas and Silence of the Lambs when while my peers were still watching banal children's movies like Hook and Patch Adams.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:15 UTC+1 No.5341750 Report

>>5341746
probably, but I've heard people say similar shit unironically for the past couple of weeks so after a while it gets hard to tell
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:31 UTC+1 No.5341805 Report

>>5341748
Except for his bits in Good Will Hunting, you shit-eating ponce. He had plenty of good dramatic roles too.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:37 UTC+1 No.5341825 Report

>>5341805
More like Good Will Hanging, lmao
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)20:57 UTC+1 No.5341888 Report

>>5341748
>real movies
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)22:23 UTC+1 No.5342188 Report

>>5341888
You know what I meant. Serious, mature, award-winning movies.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)22:43 UTC+1 No.5342259 Report

>>5342188
>Dead Poets Society
>Nominated for four oscars
>Best Picture
>Best Leading Actor
>Best Best Director
>Won best screenplay

"Huerrr at MY house we onLy wATch matuuure sserrriouusss AWARD WINNING mooovies lol GB2flubber!!"

Fuck off, retard. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind isn't a goofy kids comedy just because it has Jim Carrey. Stop being so quick to judge things you haven't experienced solely on their trappings.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)22:45 UTC+1 No.5342266 Report

>existing in act or fact; real:
>an actual case of heroism; actual expenses.

Why do we even need a world like 'actual'?
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)22:45 UTC+1 No.5342267 Report

>>5341651
Really is the coolest word in the English language
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)22:52 UTC+1 No.5342281 Report

>>5342188
>Implying the Academy isn't a complete joke
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)22:54 UTC+1 No.5342288 Report

Literally
Trolling
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)22:58 UTC+1 No.5342301 Report

>>5342259
>grrrr I demand you love Robin Williams this instant!

Christ dude, calm down. Are you his daughter or something?
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)23:05 UTC+1 No.5342318 Report

>>5341748
Best be trollin. I was watching A Bronx Tale, Boyz in the Hood, Sophie's Choice, etc as a young child too, but fuck man Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet's Society, What Dreams May Come, and Ferngully are anything but banal.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)23:24 UTC+1 No.5342392 Report

>>5341651
>the implementation of newspeak
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)00:03 UTC+1 No.5342529 Report

>>5342301
Holy shit learn to read.
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)00:49 UTC+1 No.5342673 Report

>>5341651
did you ever imagine in you're wildest dreams that this would end up as a robbie williams thread?
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)10:02 UTC+1 No.5344277 Report

>>5342673
No, but I had a hunch /lit/ would tooth-and-nail defend their poor vocabulary. I bet the people in this thread would also defend saidbookisms.

Incidentally, Confederacy of Dipshits is fit to burst with saidbookisms and other amateur mistakes. I will never understand how that book managed to win a Pulitzer. It took twenty years for that steaming pile of wood pulp to be published; there's a reason for that. The only dunces I'm aware of are the people who gave that book such stellar reviews.
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)10:12 UTC+1 No.5344291 Report

>>5341651

>ITT, words that need to be phased out of the English language.

"got"

if there's any word that truly needs to be exiled it's that one
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)10:25 UTC+1 No.5344313 Report

>>5341701
ok but real talk im not this guy but what is the deal with the dead poets' society in relation to this thread
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)10:27 UTC+1 No.5344315 Report

>>5344291
more like 'gotten'

absolutely disgusting
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)17:26 UTC+1 No.5345175 Report

>>5341651
You're actually really very wrong.
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)21:40 UTC+1 No.5346524 Report

>>5344313
>muh robin williams
Seems to be about the extent of the drama in this thread.
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)22:55 UTC+1 No.5346802 Report

>>5344313

There is a scene in Dead Poets Society where the character played by Robin Williams, a teacher, declaims that "very" is used to prop up weak words, and is lazy. And that instead you should find a more specific word that does what you want.

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”

>>5346524
>i'm an ignorant faggot

Seems to be the extent of your post.
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)23:06 UTC+1 No.5346855 Report

>>5346802
Isn't needlessly complicating your language like that dangerously likely to come off as pretentious?
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)23:07 UTC+1 No.5346867 Report

I've been trying to get rid of superfluous adverbs and adjectives in my writing.

Thanks Tao Lin.
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)23:50 UTC+1 No.5347020 Report

>>5346855
>using the exact word for your idea
>needlessly complicating language

Pick one. You're only needlessly complicating your language if you're exclusively choosing archaic and rarefied words. Otherwise, you're being economic.

"John is being really pouty because he's been incredibly hurt by the mean comments he's been getting on Twitter."

vs

"John is sullen because he's been wounded by the insults he's enduring on Twitter"
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Anonymous 08/27/14(Wed)00:50 UTC+1 No.5347264 Report

>>5341651
>Words I can't find in my medium sized dictionary.

Fuck that shit so hard.
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Anonymous 08/27/14(Wed)00:54 UTC+1 No.5347282 Report

>>5341651
>actuality
>verily
>real-ity

>in actuality, the reality of your very opinionated opinion is truly stupid
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Anonymous 08/27/14(Wed)00:56 UTC+1 No.5347294 Report

>>5341651
Really, very good point, actually.
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Anonymous 08/27/14(Wed)12:04 UTC+1 No.5349181 Report

>>5341728
>Hook
Thism alone is a reason to commemorate him, faggot.
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Anonymous 08/27/14(Wed)12:06 UTC+1 No.5349186 Report

>>5341748
Watch out, we're dealing with a patrician over here!
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