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"Fabrication" vs. "Fabric"

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.

 

 

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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.

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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.  

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@Sue98@Vivian Florimond

 

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?

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Re: "Fabrication" vs. "Fabric"

They have been saying this for years.

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Fabrication is a lie.

Amazed they're using this word.

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This one, along with "colorways" instead of just saying "colors" drives me nuts.  Colorways, give me a break.

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@Kardi wrote:

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.

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This is a word I’ve heard from various people not just on QVC when fashions are shown. It seems to be a common usage, right or wrong.

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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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