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Darn confusin' lingo ya gots here [May. 15th, 2011|07:06 pm]
Nicodemus
This has come up in several conversations I've had recently so I thought I'd put up an LJ poll. (That being almost as definitive as Wikipedia.)

Poll #1741805 Furry terminology

The phrase "furry writer" means...

A writer who is a furry, but writes whatever
4(10.5%)
A writer who writes furry stuff
12(31.6%)
A writer BOTH in the fandom and writing furry stories (e.g. weasel fan writing weasel fic)
10(26.3%)
The phrase is entirely ambiguous
12(31.6%)
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[User Picture]From: yippee
2011-05-16 02:59 am (UTC)
It's about as ambiguous as "fursuiter"... is it someone who makes fursuits or wears fursuits?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-05-16 06:24 am (UTC)
Another poll for another day?

This is one that I think has drifted.. Seems I used to hear it much more in the "build" context and now it's much more in the "perform" context. (Or "wear", depending on how cynical you want to be.) But it's one that I'd say is still ambiguous.
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[User Picture]From: xydexx
2011-05-16 02:02 pm (UTC)
I usually refer to someone who wears fursuits as a fursuiter and someone who makes them as a fursuit maker.
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[User Picture]From: johnnyeponymous
2011-05-16 03:00 am (UTC)
Is there an "All Language is Meaningless" option?

Or is this entirely Chomsky-ian? ; )
Chris
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-05-16 06:27 am (UTC)
Or even: Each word means precisely what I choose it to mean, per Lewis Carrol.

Yes, I did have to impose some experiential limits. :)
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[User Picture]From: thump
2011-05-16 03:10 am (UTC)
I'll go with ambiguity on this one because it really needs some context. I know a Chinese Science Fiction writer. Is she a "Chinese writer" or a "Science Fiction writer"?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-05-16 06:22 am (UTC)
Or does she create fictional stories about Chinese Science? So many possibilities!
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[User Picture]From: xydexx
2011-05-16 02:02 pm (UTC)
Why not both?
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[User Picture]From: chipuni
2011-05-16 03:47 am (UTC)
I think that it's a pen that leaves behind fur, instead of ink.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-05-16 06:23 am (UTC)
I want! That would make fursuit detailing SO much easier!
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2011-05-16 08:02 am (UTC)
I selected option 2.

If they were a writer who is also furry (but didn't nessecarily write furry stories), most people would just call them a 'writer'. Their furryness would have nothing to do with their writing so would not be included in the label.

I suppose my logic only works if the writer is only called a furry writer when they write furry stuff.

I didn't chose option 3 because I would classify Brian Jacques as a "furry writer" even though he wasn't in the fandom.

....*shrug*
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[User Picture]From: the_gneech
2011-05-16 01:48 pm (UTC)
Context is everything!

-TG
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[User Picture]From: jackalopejess
2011-05-16 03:51 pm (UTC)
I voted the third. I only consider something to be "furry media" if it's made specifically for the furry fandom.

Content with talking anthro animals is not always equal to furry.
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[User Picture]From: orv
2011-05-16 05:15 pm (UTC)
I agree, and also voted for #3. I've always found the argument that anything anthropomorphic counts as "furry" a bit annoying. You don't get to grab people in dark alleys and kidnap them into your fandom. ;) The reductio ad absurdum of that was when someone told me the ancient Egyptians were furries because they had animal-headed gods.
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[User Picture]From: jackalopejess
2011-05-16 07:10 pm (UTC)
The reductio ad absurdum of that was when someone told me the ancient Egyptians were furries because they had animal-headed gods.

I... wait... what? XD
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[User Picture]From: akktri
2011-08-10 03:31 am (UTC)

Definition of furry writer

Someone who makes use of non-English words like "furred", "headfur", "tailgrin", "footpaw" and "murr".
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