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

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  1. Jeffreylee

    Jeffreylee Rock 'n' Roll Typist

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    I'll teach myself to accept "vinyls" if people stop using "payed" for paid. I mean, I assume that the people using payed aren't sealing the deck of a wooden ship but are actually buying vinyls.
     
  2. TMegginson

    TMegginson Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    What a totally tubular comment.
     
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  3. Mickey2

    Mickey2 Forum Resident

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    One of those dumb millennial things, like typing "prolly" instead of "probably" (saves 2 characters, whoopee!!! :pineapple:).
     
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  4. Stencil

    Stencil Forum Resident

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    I always picture it spelled vinylz.
     
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  5. Rycherocker634

    Rycherocker634 Active Member

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    My opinion is because we bought CDs. If you started buying CDs, the transition is to vinyls, not to vinyl.
     
  6. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident

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    Can two.
     
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  7. TMegginson

    TMegginson Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Et tu, seed_drill?
     
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  8. Stencil

    Stencil Forum Resident

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    "HEY! I'm vinylin here!"
     
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  9. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident

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    I think you mean et two.
     
  10. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident

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    If someone wants to gift me their vinyls, I'll accept whatever usage they choose.
     
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  11. aphexj

    aphexj Sound mind & body

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    Nobody ever used contractions before 1983
     
  12. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

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    Didn't the Italians first start using "vinyls" in the 80s via the phrase "of vinyls"?

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  13. Pines Brook

    Pines Brook That sums up Squatter for me

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    Hasn't anyone ever shopped for vinyls at Barnes & Nobles? We used to buy vinyls at JC Penneys and Montgomery Wards too.

    TL;DR: People tend to add an "s" to whatever they can add an "s" to.
     
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  14. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

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    This is a good summary: "on vinyl" - that's a phrase I've used a few times because no other phrase felt specific enough.
     
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  15. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

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    How about a greengrocer's version: vinyl's
     
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  16. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

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    It's a bit of a cheat, but I'm blaming them from now on! :laugh:
     
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  17. intv7

    intv7 Forum Resident

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    Right! So many of us have said it, and continue to do so. "Wish they'd release ____ on vinyl". "This album sounds great on vinyl". And then there's "The warmth of vinyl". We're talking about the actual material that the media is made from (aren't we cool?)

    I think those who have pointed out how it works for CD are onto something. You can say "this album came out on CD" -- and you can say "I bought a CD". Switch that to records, you can say "this album came out on vinyl", but you can't say "I bought a vinyl".

    Well...you could say that. But you'd be a huge dope.
     
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  18. Mickey2

    Mickey2 Forum Resident

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    They did use such informal variants if they were uneducated hillbillies:

    "Dese folks is prolly dem bank boys whut buys all de fruit farms and makes dem yaller orange preserve."

    How old is the word "prolly"?
     
  19. aphexj

    aphexj Sound mind & body

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    Down with the unwashed Millennial underclass! Kick them in the teeth as you pass by in the street!
     
  20. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident

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    Italians?
     
  21. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Resident

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    What a bunch of loosers.
     
  22. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident

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    Well, sure. But it's generally not the poors who are buying vinyls.
     
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  23. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

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    When did records become 'Vinyl' (singular) anyway? That one sort of crept up on me. I was buying records in 90s and early 00's and then found people selling 'vinyl'. Could have been flooring? Surely 'Vinyls' refers to many floor coverings? :) That stuff would wreak havoc with your stylus! :realmad:
     
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  24. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    My top linguistic pet peeve of the moment...using 'reveal' as a noun. Who thought this sounded good?
     
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  25. Greg Gee

    Greg Gee Forum Resident

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    To me, in the case of record player and turntable, the former refers to a stand alone, integrated item that includes sound and is self contained, where as a turntable is a component of a stereo system, i.e., turntable, pre-amp, amp, and speakers. When I was a kid, I was given a record player to play and listen to my 45s. When I became an adult, I bought a stereo component system that included a turntable, integrated amp/pre-amp/tuner, and speakers.
     
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