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Language question: Why has "vinyls" become a word?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by TMegginson, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. thrivingonariff

    thrivingonariff Forum Resident

    As will everything.
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  2. TMegginson

    TMegginson Forum Resident Thread Starter

  3. django68

    django68 Forum Resident

    The only time I really use the term vinyl is if I'm referring to coloured vinyl, otherwise it's records. As for evolution of language the phrase I hate most from recent years is.."It's a big ask."
  4. What do you mean by that?
  5. Scribbled_Lines

    Scribbled_Lines Forum Resident

    Personally I have always just said records rather than vinyl, but vinyl or vinyls does not really bother me either.
    But "needledrop" really annoys me. It sounds like you have damaged your stylus and does not even describe that act it is used for.
  6. Christian Hill

    Christian Hill It's all in the mind

    I never said obliterated..................you did

    I know change is scary for some but this is a trivial change to a word, and that happens all the time.
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  7. Rich C

    Rich C Forum Resident

    Northbrook, IL
    Vinyls most likely came about because the plural of CD is CDs.
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  8. Isn't language fun? :D
  9. Spencer R

    Spencer R Forum Resident

    Oxford, MS
    “Vinyls” is akin to someone calling his CD collection “my polycarbonates.”
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  10. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    That's the worst part of all of this! :laugh:

    I sometimes think that the most offensive part of "vinyls" for many is that it reminds people that the old LP format is now marginally popular again. That wasn't supposed to happen!
  11. If CDs had remained in vogue, and this particular material had grown over the years to acquire a relevance as opposed to some other material, who knows then if "my PCs" wouldn't have caught on with the users/fans?...
  12. Reeves Music

    Reeves Music Well-Known Member

    I ran into something even weirder than vinyl.

    I was researching some classical music for some songs I was recording in a large library (which will remain nameless.) I asked a passing 20 something librarian where I might find them. She told me that classical music is now in the "Serious Music" section.

    Hmmm - that might be an OK term to include classical, but - after trying to play them, I can name a number of hard core rock songs that are pretty serious, too.

  13. thrivingonariff

    thrivingonariff Forum Resident

    Then people use the word "serious" music when they mean Handel or Beethoven, but there again, there's some jazz that's very serious, and heavens - what's more serious than an African war dance when the kettle is boiling. That word's no good either. (Leonard Bernstein)
  14. ^I think it's just an old expression. In his time, Frank Zappa referred to it a lot to criticize it.
  15. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Drum machines are not inherently evil.

    Why do people keep weighing in on the use of the word “vinyl?” That’s not the topic.
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  16. astro70

    astro70 Forum Resident

    Southern Illinois
    Honestly I think there's a difference there. A turntable is just the platter, tonearm and plinth by itself, you plug the RCA cables into an amp and listen that way. When I think of a record player I imagine an all in one like a crosley suitcase player or one of those big "portable" stereos from the 60s.
  17. Vinylfindco

    Vinylfindco Forum Resident

    I need to upgrade my flormica counters to granite!
  18. seed_drill

    seed_drill Senior Member

    Tryon, NC, USA
    There are too many people getting analytical over my snark. I too call my record playing devices "turntables". Well, except for the Victrola, Diamond Disc Player and American Standard.
  19. Allthingsmusic

    Allthingsmusic Forum Resident

    My Dad use to call them "rackets" because of the "racket" those Beates made while we played their records.
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  20. intv7

    intv7 Forum Resident

    Boston, MA, USA
    One letter may seem trivial to you, but as it completely changes the intended meaning into something completely nonsensical, it's not so trivial, IMO.
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  21. GrahamBW

    GrahamBW Forum Resident

    Illinois, USA
    This is why I started referring to all music as "albums."
  22. NaturalD

    NaturalD Forum Resident

    Boston, Mass., USA
    People are not miscommunicating (as in risking being misunderstood) by using the currently trendy form "vinyls"
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  23. Grant

    Grant Just chillin'!

    United States
    In general, altering language and using slang does cause miscommunication.
  24. Bowland

    Bowland Forum Resident

    The rot set in when LPs started to be known as albums.
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  25. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    It's annoying, but like many annoying things it's not worth getting angry about. It's sounds like something people wear when they go to S&M clubs.

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