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New expression or word needed

  1. Jul 14, 2007 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Most people are probably familiar with the expression, "thinking out loud". Well, I do this frequently [though I've learned not to while in front of customers :biggrin:].

    I keep wanting to use that expression in regards to a conversation by email, or on the forum, but in these cases I'm typing, not speaking. So what would this be called; thinking in type; thinking in ASCII; ascinking?
     
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  3. Jul 14, 2007 #2

    Danger

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    Free-associating?
     
  4. Jul 14, 2007 #3
    Involuntary typing?
     
  5. Jul 14, 2007 #4

    Danger

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    Rambling? (Naw, we're used to that from you...)
     
  6. Jul 14, 2007 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    But I don't quite mean free association. Often it involves problem solving, but the qualifier is that it may not be a well considered path. Rather, it is one being developed as a function of the conversation, and there could be major pitfalls that will be obvious in short order. At least as I use the expression, this is more or less the reason for warning someone that this is just thinking out loud - don't hold me to this as I've haven't thought this through yet.

    But, just for fun in either case...
     
  7. Jul 14, 2007 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    :biggrin: I realize that with age it gets harder for you to keep up. Don't worry about it. We understand. o:)
     
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  8. Jul 14, 2007 #7
    Drafting ?
     
  9. Jul 14, 2007 #8

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    Noodling? Riffing? Sorry, but the musical equivalents of playing stuff to see what happens pop to the top for me.
     
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    thinking on my keyboard
    thinking with my keyboard
    typing thoughts
    keying my thoughts
     
  12. Jul 14, 2007 #11

    Math Is Hard

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    ivanating? :shy:
     
  13. Jul 14, 2007 #12

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    :rofl:

    I usually just refer to it as thinking out loud too, so don't know what else to call it. I guess you could refer to it as brainstorming, which more accurately reflects the process described of tossing out ideas that may or may not help, but get the discussion rolling.
     
  14. Jul 14, 2007 #13
    Check out the book "The Meaning of Liff" by Douglas Adams. He makes up words to describe just these situations where the English language doesn't have such a word.
     
  15. Jul 14, 2007 #14
    As opposed to "not thinking" out loud?
     
  16. Jul 15, 2007 #15

    Ivan Seeking

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    Oooooo, I'm a verb! :biggrin:
     
  17. Jul 15, 2007 #16

    Janus

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    How about "ideating"? It's already a real word (though rarely used).

    Its root is "ideate" which means to form an idea, thought, or imagination.
     
  18. Jul 16, 2007 #17

    Ivan Seeking

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    Hey, I like that! "I'm only ideating here..." Still, it doesn't convey the fact that this is unique to the "printed word"...hmmmm, which doesn't work well here either... unique to the displayed word.

    This is only encoded ideation?
     
  19. Jul 16, 2007 #18

    DaveC426913

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    What's wrong with "I'm just typing out loud"?

    The fact that it is technically inaccurate is dwarfed by the fact that it is
    - obvious by extrapolation (without having to explain) what it means
    - worth a smirk
     
  20. Jul 16, 2007 #19

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    Inking out loud.

    Suppose thats not useful in terms of e-mails and the likes.
     
  21. Jul 16, 2007 #20
    I'm just writing out loud here, but I believe ideating refers to ideas that you already know will not work or is wrong somehow, which is not really an expectation, you just don't know yet...
     
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