[elky] Re: Words (Non)

What about the usage when someone says they are "gaming the system"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaming_the_system

"Words be nimble, words be quick, words resemble walking sticks"

On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 5:48 PM, Ray Buck <rbuck@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Words seem to have a way of changing their meaning.  Remeber our discussion
> of the word, "posh?"
>
> It reminds me of something I heard years ago: "If racing is the sport of
> kings, is dragging the sport of queens?"
>
> All sorts of double entendres in there...whichseems to be what you're
> railing against.
>
> Just to  toss another spanner (or would that be a wrench, with or without
> monkey?) into the works, www.dictionary.com defines gaming this way:
>
> 1. gambling.
> 2. the playing of games, esp. those developed to teach something or to help
> solve a problem, as in a military or business situation.
>
>
> This is what Meriam-Webster has to day about it:
>
> Function: noun
> Date: 1501
>
> 1 : the practice of gambling
> 2 a : the playing of games that simulate actual conditions (as of business
> or war) especially for training or testing purposes b : the playing of video
> games
>
> And in case you should reject those and demand the use of Webster's lexicon
> here's that definition (which includes "play") and as it says, is an
> umbrella term including computer game usage.
>
>
>
> Gaming
>
> Noun
>
> 1. The act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the
> payment of a price for a chance to win a prize); "his gambling cost him a
> fortune"; "there was heavy play at the blackjack table".
>
> Source: WordNet 1.7.1 Copyright © 2001 by Princeton University. All rights
> reserved.
>
> Date "gaming" was first used in popular English literature: sometime before
> 1350. ( references)
>
> Synonyms: Gaming
>
> Synonyms: gambling (n), play (n). ( additional references)
>
> Specialty Definition: Gaming
>
> Gaming is an umbrella term that includes a number of special hobby game
> types:
>
> Role-playing games
> Live-action roleplaying games
> Wargaming
> Board games
>
> Computer- and video games It is increasingly used by casinos and the
> gambling industry as a euphemism for gambling.
>
> I find it interesting that the last entry in Webster's is a circular
> reference to the 16th century origin of the word.
>
> Take it with a grain of salt flats.
>
> r
>
>
>
> At 01:44 PM 2/6/2010, you wrote:
>
> In Ray's writeup on building his Supercomputer he was discussing his video
> board and used the word "gaming". Since I am an author words are very
> important to me. Their meanings should not be blurred. Sigh. I am like a
> fish swimming against the overwhelming current of inanity.
>
> "Gaming" means gambling. Nothing more and nothing less. Any tack on current
> meanings will probably be lost in a few years.
>
> But for now, if you are playing games perhaps you should just say "Playing
> games".
>
> Rick Draganowski
> The old curmudgeon
>
> (Soli Deo Gloria)



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