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whats with misusing "epicenter"?  

thikhead 63M
359 posts
3/25/2020 3:40 pm
whats with misusing "epicenter"?


see first post

im set for "sticky", so youll need to scroll down to see the beginning.

pocogato12 67F  
32124 posts
3/26/2020 5:50 am

I would seriously find it difficult to teach our English to any foreigner. Too many deviations there,they're their. for starters. But for any of us to shame or blame others is just WRONG. Anyone know the epicenter of our ignorance?

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lindoboy100 57M
20669 posts
3/26/2020 4:56 am

Aye McThik, I find these things really irritating too! But hey, we cannae all be perfect, can we?

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thikhead 63M
2505 posts
3/25/2020 7:35 pm

    Quoting lonlyforlove2:
    Reply to response to lonely.....
    Yes I was surprised that I found that definition, there were many places that only referred to the REAL meaning as we all learned.. I guess shit happens to everything, have a good evening stay safe.. "have ya working shoes on and ready to work by easter" !!!!!! LOL
or in this case, "epi-shit" happens


thikhead 63M
2505 posts
3/25/2020 7:24 pm

    Quoting JustLookn439:
    To me, the epicenter would really be the point at which it started.....Wuhan (spelling?) China.
    The problem with language is that words meanings change over time if enough people use a word or pronounce a word a certain way. In fact, new words are created this way. To a point this necessary. The word computer did not exist a couple hundred years ago, nor did many other terms, such as telephone before Mr. Bell's invention!
    I would agree, the epicenter should not be used to identify the "hot spot" at a given time, thus moving from Seattle to New York, etc.
disagree with the first line,
although it already seems to be beyond the point of no return.

totally agree with the rest of what you said.

THANX for your respectful and intelligent response.


lonlyforlove2 77M  
3587 posts
3/25/2020 7:20 pm

Reply to response to lonely.....
Yes I was surprised that I found that definition, there were many places that only referred to the REAL meaning as we all learned.. I guess shit happens to everything, have a good evening stay safe.. "have ya working shoes on and ready to work by easter" !!!!!! LOL

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thikhead 63M
2505 posts
3/25/2020 7:01 pm

    Quoting lonlyforlove2:
    Young Man, it is a News program, they have to make it sound as technical or something, just the way these guys talk..
    By definition:
    epicenter
    [ˈepəˌsen(t)ər]

    NOUN
    the point on the earth's surface vertically above the focus of an earthquake.
    the central point of something, typically a difficult or unpleasant situation.
    "the patient was at the epicenter of concern"
agreed.

and yet, while trying to be "more credible",
they sometimes achieve exactly the opposite.

unfortunately, not because its the wrong word,
but because its a word too big
for people who denounce and distrust the intelligent
to understand
and helps them perpetuate the "fake news" illusion.

and yes, i see the definition you googled has ALREADY embraced
the incorrect usage.

making words in english mean more than one thing,
or in fact many different things,
is how politicians, lawyers and advertisers
are able to use words as weapons so easily and effectively.

THANX for your respectful and intelligent comment.


JustLookn439 54M
503 posts
3/25/2020 6:56 pm

To me, the epicenter would really be the point at which it started.....Wuhan (spelling?) China.
The problem with language is that words meanings change over time if enough people use a word or pronounce a word a certain way. In fact, new words are created this way. To a point this necessary. The word computer did not exist a couple hundred years ago, nor did many other terms, such as telephone before Mr. Bell's invention!
I would agree, the epicenter should not be used to identify the "hot spot" at a given time, thus moving from Seattle to New York, etc.


lonlyforlove2 77M  
3587 posts
3/25/2020 6:22 pm

Young Man, it is a News program, they have to make it sound as technical or something, just the way these guys talk..
By definition:
epicenter
[ˈepəˌsen(t)ər]

NOUN
the point on the earth's surface vertically above the focus of an earthquake.
the central point of something, typically a difficult or unpleasant situation.
"the patient was at the epicenter of concern"

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thikhead 63M
2505 posts
3/25/2020 4:33 pm

during the covid crisis,
of course, economic chaos and human suffering and loss of lives
is paramount, but since so many of us have so much spare time . . .

whats with every news source suddenly misusing the word "epicenter"?

oh sure, it sounds more dramatic than just "center", but
if someplace is called the "epicenter", say of a hotbed of covid activity,
it implies that the ACTUAL center is below it underground, usually by miles.
its a geological term, applied to earthquakes (and nuclear tests)..
goggle it and see before the dictionaries begin to accept the misuse.

sadly, for perspective,
many americans make fun of foreigners, usually asians,
for mispronouncing or misusing english words, which is really rude,
since almost none of us speak chinese, japanese or indian.

in a global community, were the only ones who (mostly) speak
only one language, the least we could do is get it right?

ok, its nowhere near the most import issue of our times,
but its just annoying as hell.

as the late great redd foxx, playing fred sanford, once said,
"once you learn english good, cant nobody take it away from you".


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