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    My definition of minimization

    I had to describe minimization in my own words for a school assignment. I came up with this definition. I think it's spot on, what do you think?

    Minimization
    The justification of wrongful words or actions when the blame cannot be shifted to another and responsibility has to be taken by the individual.
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    Hmm... when I think of that word in that sense, it sounds like marginalize. You should also keep in mind the more concrete definition of minimize, which would be to make smaller; especially to make as small as possible. I bet you'd score extra points if you gave definitions for both uses.
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    Thats very good!
    I like it..

    we have had a few perfect examples on this very forum!
    here is one that stands out for me:

    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=115369

    Scot

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    Hey... the link for minimization didn't work! Just kidding. "minimization" is exactly the rendering that O.J. Simpson was using to avoid admission of lying. He referred to it as "minimizing the damage". And now, finally, justice will be served.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    Hmm... when I think of that word in that sense, it sounds like marginalize. You should also keep in mind the more concrete definition of minimize, which would be to make smaller; especially to make as small as possible. I bet you'd score extra points if you gave definitions for both uses.
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    The assignment was to describe tactics used by people, like lying etc. I hear what your saying though.
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    completely wrong! Minimization is shrinking a page on your computer, duh. j/k Sounds good to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottychaos View Post
    we have had a few perfect examples on this very forum!
    here is one that stands out for me:

    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=115369
    Stop the presses! How did I miss that thread?! Unbelievable.

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    I think your definition is excellent for that most destructive form of minimization. As for SC's great example, it's too bad that didn't appear in the general forum so more of us would have seen it. That said, it was a kid (I think) who either didn't know better or used poor judgement or whatever, all things kids are wont to do. I did plenty myself back in the day. And like me way back then, the kid tried to escape with some classic minimization. Unfortunately, he hasn't posted again in Terraforums and who knows what lesson he took from this. We should be a little more gentle with people in these situations, to bring them over to our side.
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