People, I love ya but there is no such word as VINYLS. It's "VINYL", no 's' at end.

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

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    You don't say "I have some moneys in my wallet" and you don't say "I have some vinyls in my collection".

    It's VINYL. As in "I have a bunch of used vinyl for sale".

    Please?


    Thanks!:righton:


    Note: I never even use the word VINYL. It's RECORDS to me. As in "Come on over and we'll listen to records".

    Saying "Come on over and we'll listen to vinyl" is too much an audiophile thing for me, a modern distancing from shellac or something and a slap at digital media. I play Robert Johnson and Carl Perkins, not Patricia Barber.
  2. Another reason why I like CDs, they can afford a proper plural.

    Anyways.;)
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  3. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Forum Resident

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  4. jayandstacey

    jayandstacey New Member

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    If I can't play my vinyls, how will I enjoy my musics?
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  5. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    Steve, "vinyls" is a nowadays thing, pretty much used only by younger folks who did not grow up with rekkids.
  6. Jay F

    Jay F New Member

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    + 1,000,000. Thank you.
  7. "vinyl" is a material, thus uncountable, but new usages always crop up. Why doesn't anybody call them what they are? They are "vinyl discs". "records" are "recordings".
    "money" can indeed be used in a countable sense.
    Nobody complains when you order "two waters" or "two coffees".
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  8. MikeyH

    MikeyH Stamper King

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    I used to cringe, but now it's a couple of years since I first met this usage and while I'll never say vinyls myself, I can hear it and not react. Language changes, peeps. :)D)
  9. detroit muscle

    detroit muscle Forum Resident

    Damn kids ruin everything. :cool:
  10. Tullman

    Tullman Current record holder for most deleted posts

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    I think this "vinyls" thing is most commonly used by people who's first language isn't english. People who use this term and their first language is english, they make themselves sound ignorant.
  11. Jay F

    Jay F New Member

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    Especially when they spell it "vynils."
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  12. ronankeane

    ronankeane Active Member

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    Personally, I do find this word irritating. I think of it as a by-product of the vinyl resurgence, because it seems to me that it's most often used by relative newcomers.

    I think most record collectors would say they listen to 'records'. 'Vinyl' is for when you need to be specific, or contrast formats e.g. "Does that place sell vinyl?"
  13. Feisal K

    Feisal K Active Member

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    while we must allow for language to grow, shouldn't there be checks against acceptance of simply wrong usage / words?
  14. TSmithPage

    TSmithPage Ex Post Facto Member

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    It must be true. I read about it on the internets. :D
  15. CaptainOzone

    CaptainOzone On Air Cowbell

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    Thanks Steve.
  16. phish

    phish the house that jack built

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    i don't let peoples words bother me, even if they are wrong or wrong to me.

    "vinyls" especially doesn't bother me.

    to me, a four record long player is made up of four vinyls... four vinyl sounds dumb unless you put the word records at the end....

    1. "i've got a few vinyls you might like to check out."

    2. "i've got a few vinyl you might like to check out."

    3. "i've got a few records you might like to check out."


    number two doesn't sound correct.
  17. Gizmondi

    Gizmondi New Member

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    Can we use the REPORT POST button if we see this?
  18. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    I'd play Robert Johnson and Carl Perkins before I'd play any Patricia Barber recordings and in fact, I don't have any of her recordings in any format, but I have Robert Johnson and Carl Perkins on CD. I am aware that there is no such word as vinyls, but thanks for this post anyway.
  19. MYKE

    MYKE Awaiting The Fellow In The Bright Nightgown


    :biglaugh:
  20. Solaris

    Solaris a bullet in flight

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    The stuff you learn on the internets. Incredible.
  21. Kel bazar

    Kel bazar Member

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    Personally, I listening to my records, but I rip vinyl...:D
  22. gfong

    gfong Member

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    Always been record(s) for me and they were housed in albums or jackets! Actually I still use the word Album to describe a record. "Did you listen to the new Zeppelin album that just came out?

    It still feels funny writing vinyl or saying buying new vinyl! Oh well, times change, as do words.
  23. Andreas

    Andreas Forum Resident

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    If it's about bootleg vinyls, then yes. :)
  24. MikeyH

    MikeyH Stamper King

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    There are. They used to be called dictionaries.

    Things move fast enough not to be caught by them. Some things stick, some don't.

    I see the usage of vinyls to be a natural consequence of the equally incorrect CDs (no one pluralises an abbreviation, unless they're talking about multiple occurrences in written works) - yet there we are.
  25. Tullman

    Tullman Current record holder for most deleted posts

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    We have cows, do we need deers?