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Irrelevant Importance [Oct. 7th, 2008|02:02 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Sometimes my brain gets stuck on a word, for no discernible reason, repeating it over and over, lingering over any linguistic uniqueness, increasing its importance to me in the immediate sense despite the fact that it's NOT important in the larger sense and if I do anything in particular with this word, there will be, at some future date, a great furrowing of brows as I wonder Why did I write an entire essay around this word? It's a boring word!

(For the curious among you, today's word is stochastic.)
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[User Picture]From: foomf
2008-10-07 02:13 pm (UTC)
I have always had trouble attaching a meaning to "stochastic" ... so it's a bit hard for me to fully grok a full-on word-fondling experience, with that particular word.

I have, on the other hand, experienced the phenomenon of neural-net fatigue when over-using one word. For instance, the word "ere".
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-10-07 02:29 pm (UTC)
It's not the meaning, it's some weird combination of sound and brain stickiness.

The reason I had that link to the definition of the word so handy is because the damn thing popped up in my brain and I had no idea what it meant, just that I'd heard it a lot in my past (probably in Statistics For Psych Majors).
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[User Picture]From: foomf
2008-10-07 02:48 pm (UTC)
I have the very same problem. It pops up or I see it and I have to think, "What the hell is this *thunk* supposed to represent?"
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2008-10-07 04:18 pm (UTC)
I credit Robert Silverberg's novel "The Stochastic Man" for teaching me the meaning of the word at an oddly young age. For a time I was consistently pedantic about "random" vs "arbitrary" vs "stochastic."
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