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05-08-2018 08:28 AM
For quite awhile now I've been hearing the hosts use the word "fabrication" rather than "fabric". I don't recall ever hearing that word before. Obviously they are referring to the type of fabric used in a particular piece of clothing.
Does anyone else notice this? Why not just use the word "fabric" or does "fabrication" have a different meaning? Just curious.
05-08-2018 08:39 AM
I noticed this years ago. I suppose the marketing department has some data which say that the longer a word, the more upscale it sounds. It’s interesting to know that most words ending in tion come from French. Perhaps adding that suffix to a perfectly good word adds panache or status. To me the word fabrication sounds phony and contrived.
05-08-2018 08:51 AM
Your observation has been mentioned before here.
Anything that sounds “off” can be rather off-putting, IMO.
A student (foreign; ESL) once was asking me about an English term he had heard on the news. He was right; in many ways the term was wrong.
I asked DD (journalism major) and she informed me about a yearly publication having to do with journalistic accepted conventions.
Remember when harassment went from 2nd syllable accented to first syllable? HARassment?
05-08-2018 09:42 AM
Maybe I’m wrong but in the past the word “fabrication” to me referred to the manufacturing process used to create a product. “Fabric” referred to the cloth.
Yes; but some here work themselves into a dither when they hear the hosts use the word. I will say though that some uninformed hosts use the words interchangeably, but the words are not interchangeable.
05-08-2018 09:57 AM - edited 05-08-2018 11:18 AM
I’ve never used the word fabrication in my entire life. Never even heard it used till the hosts on the Q started using it a few years ago.
Same with pant. My entire life I’ve said pants. I’ve never used the singular. It sounds weird to me. Also never heard pant used till the Q started using it a few years ago.
I’ll finish with one more, veering off topic a little. I’ve always carried my purses. I never heard the term wearing a purse/handbag till here a few years ago.
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