The word "altruism"

Discuss various aspects of natural language.

Moderators: Calilasseia, ADParker

The word "altruism"

#1  Postby Keep It Real » Nov 25, 2017 8:03 pm

Bears a striking resemblance to "all truism". An ultimate truth? Koinkidink?
You're only conscious when you're thinking about consciousness.
User avatar
Keep It Real
THREAD STARTER
 
Posts: 9189
Age: 39

Print view this post

Ads by Google


Re: The word "altruism"

#2  Postby BlackBart » Nov 27, 2017 11:29 am

It's root is 'altrui' which is italian for 'other people', so yes, merely coincidence. The word 'truism' just means something that is self evidently true and not particular useful or enlightening ('If that ball has gone in the net, it'd have been a goal')
You don't crucify people! Not on Good Friday! - Harold Shand
User avatar
BlackBart
 
Name: rotten bart
Posts: 12233
Age: 58
Male

United Kingdom (uk)
Print view this post

Re: The word "altruism"

#3  Postby Keep It Real » Nov 29, 2017 5:09 pm

Very informative BB - it's a serendipitous coincidence however IMO.
You're only conscious when you're thinking about consciousness.
User avatar
Keep It Real
THREAD STARTER
 
Posts: 9189
Age: 39

Print view this post

Re: The word "altruism"

#4  Postby LucidFlight » Nov 29, 2017 6:41 pm

Alt-truism, aka fake news. Y'all a bunch of commies.
OFFICIAL MEMBER: QUANTUM CONSTRUCTOR CONSCIOUSNESS QUALIA KOALA COLLECTIVE.
User avatar
LucidFlight
RS Donator
 
Name: Kento
Posts: 10801
Male

Country: UK/US/AU/SG
United Kingdom (uk)
Print view this post

Re: The word "altruism"

#5  Postby SafeAsMilk » Nov 29, 2017 6:46 pm

Keep It Real wrote:Very informative BB - it's a serendipitous coincidence however IMO.

Not sure how since altruism and truism aren't in any way alike in meaning. Unless you think serendipitous is just like some other word with which it shares no meaning.
"They call it the American dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it." -- George Carlin
User avatar
SafeAsMilk
 
Name: Makes Fails
Posts: 14598
Age: 41
Male

United States (us)
Print view this post

Re: The word "altruism"

#6  Postby laklak » Nov 29, 2017 6:53 pm

I'd be a lot more altruistic if there was more in it for me.
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. - Mark Twain
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! - Chicken Little
I never go without my dinner. No one ever does, except vegetarians and people like that - Oscar Wilde
User avatar
laklak
RS Donator
 
Name: Florida Man
Posts: 20878
Age: 66
Male

Country: The Great Satan
Swaziland (sz)
Print view this post

Re: The word "altruism"

#7  Postby BlackBart » Nov 30, 2017 8:47 am

Keep It Real wrote:Very informative BB - it's a serendipitous coincidence however IMO.


In what way is it serendiptious?
You don't crucify people! Not on Good Friday! - Harold Shand
User avatar
BlackBart
 
Name: rotten bart
Posts: 12233
Age: 58
Male

United Kingdom (uk)
Print view this post

Ads by Google


Re: The word "altruism"

#8  Postby Keep It Real » Nov 30, 2017 7:15 pm

Well; I think it was Vygotsky...hang on let me check...yep luke warm results on google so he probably was there. Anyway - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistic_relativity so if a word sounds like "universal truth" it might inspire respect/adherence.
You're only conscious when you're thinking about consciousness.
User avatar
Keep It Real
THREAD STARTER
 
Posts: 9189
Age: 39

Print view this post

Re: The word "altruism"

#9  Postby SafeAsMilk » Dec 01, 2017 4:00 am

You really have to stretch truism to mean "universal truth". I mean, I guess "water is wet" is a "universal truth", but...
"They call it the American dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it." -- George Carlin
User avatar
SafeAsMilk
 
Name: Makes Fails
Posts: 14598
Age: 41
Male

United States (us)
Print view this post

Re: The word "altruism"

#10  Postby BlackBart » Dec 01, 2017 7:39 am

Probably simpler to understand the literal meaning of 'altruism' is in the first place than some word game that the producers of '3-2-1' would probably reject as a bit too convoluted.
You don't crucify people! Not on Good Friday! - Harold Shand
User avatar
BlackBart
 
Name: rotten bart
Posts: 12233
Age: 58
Male

United Kingdom (uk)
Print view this post

Re: The word "altruism"

#11  Postby Fallible » Dec 01, 2017 9:02 am

You’re just jealous because you can’t do the finger thing.
She battled through in every kind of tribulation,
She revelled in adventure and imagination.
She never listened to no hater, liar,
Breaking boundaries and chasing fire.
Oh, my my! Oh my, she flies!
User avatar
Fallible
RS Donator
 
Name: Alice Pooper
Posts: 51607
Age: 48
Female

Country: Engerland na na
Canada (ca)
Print view this post

Re: The word "altruism"

#12  Postby BlackBart » Dec 01, 2017 3:43 pm

Can. Just don't want to is all. :snooty:
You don't crucify people! Not on Good Friday! - Harold Shand
User avatar
BlackBart
 
Name: rotten bart
Posts: 12233
Age: 58
Male

United Kingdom (uk)
Print view this post

Re: The word "altruism"

#13  Postby Fallible » Dec 01, 2017 6:26 pm

Sure.
She battled through in every kind of tribulation,
She revelled in adventure and imagination.
She never listened to no hater, liar,
Breaking boundaries and chasing fire.
Oh, my my! Oh my, she flies!
User avatar
Fallible
RS Donator
 
Name: Alice Pooper
Posts: 51607
Age: 48
Female

Country: Engerland na na
Canada (ca)
Print view this post


Return to Linguistics

Who is online

Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 1 guest