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Ask Culture and Guess Culture

Date: 2014-01-03 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ask Culture and Guess Culture

Great discussion at a few years ago on this. Ozarque finally told us that the official names for this style are 'direct' and 'indirect'. After I and others had pointed out that 'guess' is not how we 'indirect' people describe what we do. 'Guess' is a negative
name put onto us by the 'direct' people. We are not guessing at all. We are communicating among ourselves in a very efficient, polite, and exact way.

After we had been referring to the difference as 'Ask' vs 'Hint' for a while, some of the 'Ask' people got the point.

Date: 2014-01-03 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Had you seen it before? I might try to find it. Coraa was in it.
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Date: 2014-01-04 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ETA: Found the source of the Nile!

Evolution. Someone admitted 'Guess' was too insulting, alternatives were proposed, eventually someone hastily used 'Hint' in their own post -- and it spread.

I think it was
but it's hard to get LJ to show all the comments.

There was further discusssion in later entries of the fact that some Ask people never did adopt the new term!


Fwiw, here's my basic search, with some related entries it found, though it took a different search string to find the entry that began it all.

I entered "Hint Culture" into Bing's search box, and read backwards from there.

I got all the way back to without finding more on Ask/Hint, though there must have been more further back, since the concepts are referred to in the entries above.

Entering the same string into Google's search box, I got several entries, but not the really big one where we Hint people simply began USING the terms 'Hint/Hinter', etc without any meta introduction, and let the other people figure it out.

Maybe I need a different search string.
Edited Date: 2014-01-04 11:20 am (UTC)


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