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Some thought on word choice

07-26-2012, 04:36 PM
Joined: Feb 2012
Location: Alaska
Posts: 247
Some thought on word choice

Hello everyone, I am Mr. Album.

I recently made a comment on someone's blog post about an article that cited Randy Pitchford, the CEO of Gearbox, the guys who made Borderlands, saying that Pitchford was surprised no one tried to copy/clone/etc... Borderlands, even though it was a very successful title. Here is the blog post:


My comment has my name attached to it. If the wall'o'text is a little much, here's a TL; DR:

What words we use to express our opinion matter tremendously when it comes to other people's responses. This is because our first response is emotional, not intellectual. Thus, if we want people to understand our opinions as clearly as possible, then we need to think about what words we use and how we express our ideas, to make sure our points don't end up muddled by our anger/fear/rage/sadness/elation/joy/peace/contentedness.

So I ask the TouchArcade community:

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Sorry for the quick edit, my finger slipped and hit submit before I was ready :P
07-26-2012, 05:08 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Belfast N Ireland
Posts: 2,193
I try to be diplomatic because I know my views are by no means the average and that gets me into real trouble from time to time in the real world but online if I think I'm saying something I'm not 100% sure of factually I would usually just tag on.

"as far as I know" or "in my opinion"

I kind of caught onto that watching Tony Blair when he was prime minister he was often obviously lying through his teeth but he got away with everything by saying "I believe" beforehand.

I can understand immediate emotional responses I'm sometimes guilty of them myself although I usually regret them even if I'm in the right.

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out