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    Default Define: Psychoanalyze

    Quote Originally Posted by nozflubber View Post
    Does the OP even know what psychoanalysis is?
    Doesn't really matter. We all know that she did not mean Freudian psychoanalysis. I think the term is used enough in this context to qualify as a valid colloquial use.

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    well what's the colloquial definition then? being inquisitive about a person?

    hate to be a stickler, im anal about science definitions. A person does not weigh x kilograms, dammit

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    Quote Originally Posted by nozflubber View Post
    well what's the colloquial definition then? being inquisitive about a person?

    hate to be a stickler, im anal about science definitions. A person does not weigh x kilograms, dammit
    colloquial
    1: of or relating to conversation : conversational2 a: used in or characteristic of familiar and informal conversation; also : unacceptably informal b: using conversational style

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    Quote Originally Posted by nozflubber View Post
    well what's the colloquial definition then? being inquisitive about a person?

    hate to be a stickler, im anal about science definitions. A person does not weigh x kilograms, dammit
    I know INTPs are anal about such things. I am too sometimes. But sometimes I'm like, "whatever, I know what they mean."

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    No you doof, the colloquial definition of psychoanalysis, of psychoanalyze :P

    Cuz if there is one, there shouldn't be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nozflubber View Post
    No you doof, the colloquial definition of psychoanalysis, of psychoanalyze :P

    Cuz if there is one, there shouldn't be.
    Actually that is what I meant. Colloquial means informal, meaning no formal definition. My argument is that enough people use it in that context that we intuitively know what they are talking about.

    If I were to say, I want a big mac, when in fact I wanted a car wash, that would not be an acceptable colloquial use of the term big mac because the person at the car wash counter would look at me look this and think I am a .

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    All language can be broken down, though. DOn't make me beat you over the head with Chomsky. There can be informal definitions to language that are implicit

    The original poster meant something and it can be defined

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    Quote Originally Posted by nozflubber View Post
    All language can be broken down, though. DOn't make me beat you over the head with Chomsky. There can be informal definitions to language that are implicit

    The original poster meant something and it can be defined
    Well, if you must brandish your anal calculator:


    psycho- or psych-pref.

    Mind; mental: psychogenic.
    Mental activities or processes: psychomotor.
    Psychology; psychological: psychosocial.

    an·a·lyze–verb (used with object), -lyzed, -lyz·ing. 1. to separate (a material or abstract entity) into constituent parts or elements; determine the elements or essential features of (opposed to synthesize): to analyze an argument.
    2. to examine critically, so as to bring out the essential elements or give the essence of: to analyze a poem.
    3. to examine carefully and in detail so as to identify causes, key factors, possible results, etc.
    4. to subject to mathematical, chemical, grammatical, etc., analysis.
    5. to psychoanalyze: a patient who has been analyzed by two therapists.


    juxtapose and you have psychoanalyze

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    yeah, there's that I suppose.

    damn I thought we had an epic INTP argument brewing over psycholinguistics.

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    Don't let me stop you.

    I almost put this in Philosophy.
    "The only time I'm wrong is when I'm questioning myself."
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