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The word “shiny”

POSTED BY: KOMELION
UPDATED: Friday, March 3, 2006 17:53
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Thursday, March 2, 2006 6:20 PM

KOMELION


It’s just kinda taken on whole new meaning now. Like I was watching TV, there was a commercial for a citi credit card, you know where the guys on the phone and the automated voice says,”for a shinier credit card say yes.” I can’t help but giggle to myself. I don’t think they meant it that way, I just took it that way.

Does this happen to anyone else?

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 6:28 PM

MALBABE


I kinda enjoy have a language all our own. It makes us smile when we need to, let's us curse a blue streak without offending anyone (unless, of course, we're in the middle of our China vacation) and we get to secretly smirk when people look at us funny!

I aim to misbehave.

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 6:52 PM

SAMEERTIA


Yah.
It's shiny!


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Thursday, March 2, 2006 6:53 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


I notice it more and more. I'll be watching something, or listening to someone talk, and out pops that word... "shiny". My mind instantly flips into Firefly Mode. :)

I was rewatching some Buffy and Angel episodes in the last few weeks (because the Olympics were boring the bejeebers out of me, of course), and noticed the word "shiny" popped up a few times there, too.

Thing is, in the Buffyverse, I don't think it has the same connotation, or is intended to. It seems like it pops up when one of the girls (Cordelia in one instance, Buffy in another) is looking at an array of new tools or weapons for fighting evil, and all of a sudden, they just pop into "girl mode" - "Oooh - Shiny!" I don't think it's meant as insulting (like saying that all girls can be won over with shiny things), more that it's put in the script to remind us that, although these are super-hero evil-fighting killer-women, they ARE still girls at heart, and they like a nice pretty now and again, too.

Such is the power of Firefly: it now has me trying to psychoanalyze peoples' meaning when they so much as utter a single word... Joss has invaded my mind. But, y'know... in the GOOD way. So it's all shiny. ;)

Mike

A baby seal walks into a club...

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 6:57 PM

COPILOT


I used to say ooooh shiny and oooooh preety a lot and now I say Shiny like I used to say cool or neat. For instance I bought pretty 'Nara shoes today and said look at my Shiny new shoes. It took me a second to relise my new shoes are actually shiny they have beads and sequins but that's not at all how I ment it.

An I carried such a torch

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 7:05 PM

GORBISHUN


Saying shiny is shiny It just takes your mind to the 'verse.

Edit: That is, if your using it in the particular, and shiny, way...

«°-:-°»
Also... I can kill you with my brain.

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 7:57 PM

SHINYRIV


The word "shiny" in the firefly world can anyone tell me what it stands for. I take that it pretty much replace the word "cool" am i wrong here. also i here it (shiny) being use in other sentences and it makes me think it has several uses. So if anyone has an opinion im open to it.


by the way my family makes fun of me for saying shiny. then again i say it all the time.

"I don't disagree on any particular point."

Can't Stop The Signal

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 8:05 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


I take it to mean "cool", "neat", "great", things like that. I just think of it as "slanguage" - the kind of word or term that used to mean one thing, but now means something else entirely.

Let's face it: if we went back in time 500 years and remarked to the locals that something was "cool" when it wasn't really *cool to the touch*, I think we'd have some confused people staring at us. Then, of course, they'd burn us as witches. :)

A baby seal walks into a club...

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 8:12 PM

RHYIANAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:
I take it to mean "cool", "neat", "great", things like that. I just think of it as "slanguage" - the kind of word or term that used to mean one thing, but now means something else entirely.

Let's face it: if we went back in time 500 years and remarked to the locals that something was "cool" when it wasn't really *cool to the touch*, I think we'd have some confused people staring at us. Then, of course, they'd burn us as witches. :)



I suddenly have a vision of some modern day person going back in time and saying "That fire is cool" and the townspeople going berserk.

No, Can't. Too much hair.

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 8:16 PM

BITTERBIERCE


Sorta similar to the way the Brits use "brilliant": as a general positive, not like Americans use it (for the UK 'coats: Americans only use brilliant to mean a very intelligent person or a very bright light).

But shiny it does seem to have a more common usage than the UK "brilliant": for instance, if Wash were a Brit he wouldn't say "we look brilliant captain, they are not, repeat not turning to follow". So it seems to have a more useful, day to day usage. The way I hear the limeys use brilliant, they always kinda bark it out in a happy way, like an extreme "cool".

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 8:16 PM

MATTCOZ


Definitely, I can't hear that word without thinking of Firefly. Who knows, if we start using it enough maybe it will become popular slang. :)

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 10:02 PM

LADYBUG


If we go down that road we may well end up with an American/Chinese culture in 500 years.

I reject your reality and substitute my own.

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Friday, March 3, 2006 8:26 AM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


BitterBierce: It's funny you should mention that - Brits' use of "BRILLIANT!" as an exclamation of good things. Thanks to those gorram hi-larious Guinness commercials, my wife and I are constantly using that word now, as well as "shiny". I'll say I have an idea, lay it out for her, and she'll go, "BRILLIANT!" - and then of course act like she's sticking something in her eye... ;)

Mike

A baby seal walks into a club...

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Friday, March 3, 2006 5:53 PM

SAVEWASH

Now I am learning about scary.


Quote:

Originally posted by Ladybug:

I reject your reality and substitute my own.



Wow! Another fan of "Mythbusters"! Shiny!

("Firefly" is still my favorite, though.)



"We need to keep our heads so we can ... keep our heads."

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