pejoration of "stuff?"

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri May 25 11:40:57 UTC 2007

We might also take note of the (proverbial?) expression "It's just stuff" (or "It's all just stuff"), often uttered, for example, to console someone (or oneself) over the loss of material property in a fire or storm. To call the property "stuff" is to devalue it.


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