Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 10 12:24:26 UTC 2008

South Park clipped it to 'tard years ago and, as you would expect, if
you're familiar with the show, it's applied to people.


On Fri, Mar 7, 2008 at 6:28 PM, Scot LaFaive <scotlafaive at> wrote:
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>  I'd like to get other people's impressions on this adjective. Personally, I
>  use the word often but only when referring to inanimate objects, not people
>  or animals. It basically means "inane" or "idiotic" to me. I'm interested in
>  whether this adjective is becoming more an impersonal descriptor and if
>  others also have moved away from using it on people and animals.
>  Scot
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