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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either way, it is still neither a term in common use within the fandom, nor a term specific to the fandom.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naaman wrote:
"Original Gangster" is the correct long-form of "OG;" however, in many circles, there exists an idiom wherein "OG" has been used--colloquially to be sure--simply to mean "original."

This interpretation seems to be born from a combination of two elements: First, enough listeners or readers have heard or seen the term "OG" used in limited contexts--thereby skewing their understanding of its complete meaning (they infer the meaning contextually, rather than understanding its use as a borrowed term). Not unlike what a toddler experiences when learning language: words are used as correctly as they understand how to use them, however incorrect (though endearing) such applications may be.

Second, both the letters "o" and "g" appear in the word "original." Though this is merely a coincidence, given the nature of abbreviations in the English language (and, factoring in the proclivity of modern readers to interpret written language in light of their use thereof in "texting" form), it is easy to understand how one could reasonably infer that "OG" is merely a modern take on a shorthand form for the word "original."

Thanks, professor. I enjoyed the little lesson.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whill wrote:
Naaman wrote:
"Original Gangster" is the correct long-form of "OG;" however, in many circles, there exists an idiom wherein "OG" has been used--colloquially to be sure--simply to mean "original."

This interpretation seems to be born from a combination of two elements: First, enough listeners or readers have heard or seen the term "OG" used in limited contexts--thereby skewing their understanding of its complete meaning (they infer the meaning contextually, rather than understanding its use as a borrowed term). Not unlike what a toddler experiences when learning language: words are used as correctly as they understand how to use them, however incorrect (though endearing) such applications may be.

Second, both the letters "o" and "g" appear in the word "original." Though this is merely a coincidence, given the nature of abbreviations in the English language (and, factoring in the proclivity of modern readers to interpret written language in light of their use thereof in "texting" form), it is easy to understand how one could reasonably infer that "OG" is merely a modern take on a shorthand form for the word "original."

Thanks, professor. I enjoyed the little lesson.


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