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Old May 3rd, 2011, 10:05   #61
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Because that's not what the word means. If I have a red car, I write red car because "Red" is the adjective, and car is the noun. I wouldn't say I drive a red, because that doesn't make sense.

A rifle is a noun. A person, place or thing. A "sniper" is also colloquially a noun, but it more properly an adjective when used in conjunction with another noun. Using it by itself changes the context of the entire sentence, which is incorrect.

Why is this so difficult to understand?
I understand what you are saying, but why is it so difficult to understand someone if they say that they just got a sniper. Would you think they are talking about the rifle or a person that they purchased off ebay? I would think its common sense.

Its all part of the evolution of language after all.
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 10:11   #62
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I understand what you are saying, but why is it so difficult to understand someone if they say that they just got a sniper. Would you think they are talking about the rifle or a person that they purchased off ebay? I would think its common sense.

Its all part of the evolution of language after all.
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 10:32   #63
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I understand what you are saying, but why is it so difficult to understand someone if they say that they just got a sniper. Would you think they are talking about the rifle or a person that they purchased off ebay? I would think its common sense.

Its all part of the evolution of language after all.
Put it this way: In the context of certain sentences, what your talking about might make sense... but in others it's confusing.

Example: Over the radio, someone tells you "I'll go left and try and set up my sniper on their flank."

Does that mean he has a sniper in his fireteam, meaning you'll have 4-5 guys on their flank including a sniper? Or is he just one guy with a sniper rifle?

Anything that screws with communications on the field is a bad thing.

I think most importantly, though, is it's a sign of inexperience. Nobody who has been playing this sport for long calls sniper rifles "snipers".
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 11:33   #64
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I wish you'd all stop calling them sniper rifles and start calling them what they are: Precision Bolt Action Rifles.
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 11:36   #65
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I want a sniper that can sniper a sniper with a sniper from anywhere that a sniper can sniper a sniper with a sniper!
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 11:43   #66
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I want a sniper that can sniper a sniper with a sniper from anywhere that a sniper can sniper a sniper with a sniper!
then you want Stalker... just supply him with beer and you're good!
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 11:48   #67
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I want a sniper that can sniper a sniper with a sniper from anywhere that a sniper can sniper a sniper with a sniper!
And I want a gun that shoots shurikens and lightning, but alas some things are not meant for this world.

In all seriousness you just nailed the problem with using "Sniper" to refer to sniper rifles perfectly. Well said sir.
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 11:49   #68
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I wish you'd all stop calling them sniper rifles and start calling them what they are: Precision Bolt Action Rifles.
Personnaly I prefer the term "militarized hunting rifle"... sounds less elitist

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Old May 3rd, 2011, 12:04   #69
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I want a sniper that can sniper a sniper with a sniper from anywhere that a sniper can sniper a sniper with a sniper!
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 12:17   #70
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A quick check determines that there's still plenty of room to add rifle after sniper.


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Old May 3rd, 2011, 12:25   #71
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...why is it so difficult to understand someone if they say that they just got a sniper...Its all part of the evolution of language after all.
Fine, we can refer to Sniper Rifles as "Snipers," but ONLY on the condition that we also call Assault Rifles "Assaults," Submachine Guns "Submachines," Shotguns "Shots," and Handguns "Hands."

Deal?

Taking the above into account, it's not hard to understand someone when they simply say "Sniper;" it's just stupid.
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Fine, we can refer to Sniper Rifles as "Snipers," but ONLY on the condition that we also call Assault Rifles "Assaults," Submachine Guns "Submachines," Shotguns "Shots," and Handguns "Hands."

Deal?

Taking the above into account, it's not hard to understand someone when they simply say "Sniper;" it's just stupid.
I find those terms offensive... I insist we use the correct term for a snipers weapon:

Precision weapon/rifle or
Optically scoped precision weapon.... add the word "system" at the end for a more dramatic effect

But dont even think about putting the words "long range" in front of that definition cause that would be... sad..

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And I want a gun that shoots shurikens and lightning, but alas some things are not meant for this world.
One of these?

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Old May 3rd, 2011, 14:29   #74
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Jesus Christ, it's not about whether I can understand a thread or not. IT'S WRONG. It's NOT ENGLISH. Use proper english for fucksakkes, it's basic communication.
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For the love of all good that's left in this world...please nuke everything after the first post in this thread...and lock it.

Why is a 5page/70+post debate about how slang is interpreted in the General section?!?!
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