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    Re: Subtlety and prepositions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
    If I say:
    I like to plunk myself in front of the computer late at night when everybody is alseep and no one is looking over my shoulder.

    Do you see anything negative here?
    No. There it has a feeling of "Finally ... " about it.

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    Re: Subtlety and prepositions.

    Quote Originally Posted by M56
    No. There it has a feeling of "Finally ... " about it.
    I am kind of tired of beating a dead horse to death but I can certainly "plunk myself in front of the computer at noon and stay plunked in front of it for six hours".

    The bottom line is I don't think we can find verbs like lounging, sprawled, etc in regards to computers simply because a computer is an interactive medium and we can't sit in front of one in a semi comatosed state like we can with a TV.

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    Re: Subtlety and prepositions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
    I am kind of tired of beating a dead horse to death but I can certainly "plunk myself in front of the computer at noon and stay plunked in front of it for six hours".

    The bottom line is I don't think we can find verbs like lounging, sprawled, etc in regards to computers simply because a computer is an interactive medium and we can't sit in front of one in a semi comatosed state like we can with a TV.
    You should check out the video-conferencing chat porn sites. Lots of girls lounging and sprawling at their PCs.



    Extra:

    Plonk/plunk. The good and the bad.


    A selection of positive and negative uses of the verb plonk/plunk.

    Each week, we eagerly plunked in front of the TV and anxiously awaited each episode. By the story's end, the world suddenly seemed a much safer place.

    http://www.filmfax.com/reviews/cinem...upermantv.html

    The biggest caveat was that the authors could not prove that the problems were caused by television. In fact, maybe children destined to have attention problems were more likely to be plunked in front of the television to calm them down.

    http://medialit.med.sc.edu/tuningintoaproblem.htm

    What we want to add to her introduction is to consider the glory of spending time together cooking. It's a great way to improve math skills, communication and self-esteem. We think an hour or two together in the kitchen with an interested child beats equivalent time playing on a computer or plunked in front of a television set.

    (lost link)

    Surely there's another way to generate discussion than creating a mental picture of 14 children plunked in front of a TV watchingI Love Lucy reruns while their chain-smoking caregiver sips rye and Coke.

    http://www.todaysparent.com/lifeaspa...sp?content=175

    And with today's sedentary children spending less time being physically active and more time plunked in front of video games, all that excess sugar and calories is being stored as fat.

    http://www.canadaeast.com/apps/pbcs....plate=printart

    Monday again? Oh dear, that weekend went too fast, much too fast. And now I'm back indoors while the sun is shining outside, my wrists are screaming for a break from the mouse and the keyboard, my feet are itching to hit the dusty trails, and my lungs are ready for big mouthfuls of salty air. Alas, I'm plunked in front of the monitor, enjoying the delightful output of the building's HVAC. How long until I retire? Only another 35 years to go. Drat.
    http://www.megnut.com/2001/03/i-want-more-weekend

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    Re: Subtlety and prepositions.

    Quote Originally Posted by M56
    You should check out the video-conferencing chat porn sites. Lots of girls lounging and sprawling at their PCs.



    Extra:

    Plonk/plunk. The good and the bad.


    A selection of positive and negative uses of the verb plonk/plunk.

    Each week, we eagerly plunked in front of the TV and anxiously awaited each episode. By the story's end, the world suddenly seemed a much safer place.

    http://www.filmfax.com/reviews/cinem...upermantv.html

    The biggest caveat was that the authors could not prove that the problems were caused by television. In fact, maybe children destined to have attention problems were more likely to be plunked in front of the television to calm them down.

    http://medialit.med.sc.edu/tuningintoaproblem.htm

    What we want to add to her introduction is to consider the glory of spending time together cooking. It's a great way to improve math skills, communication and self-esteem. We think an hour or two together in the kitchen with an interested child beats equivalent time playing on a computer or plunked in front of a television set.

    (lost link)

    Surely there's another way to generate discussion than creating a mental picture of 14 children plunked in front of a TV watchingI Love Lucy reruns while their chain-smoking caregiver sips rye and Coke.

    http://www.todaysparent.com/lifeaspa...sp?content=175

    And with today's sedentary children spending less time being physically active and more time plunked in front of video games, all that excess sugar and calories is being stored as fat.

    http://www.canadaeast.com/apps/pbcs....plate=printart

    Monday again? Oh dear, that weekend went too fast, much too fast. And now I'm back indoors while the sun is shining outside, my wrists are screaming for a break from the mouse and the keyboard, my feet are itching to hit the dusty trails, and my lungs are ready for big mouthfuls of salty air. Alas, I'm plunked in front of the monitor, enjoying the delightful output of the building's HVAC. How long until I retire? Only another 35 years to go. Drat.
    http://www.megnut.com/2001/03/i-want-more-weekend

    [QUOTE=M56]You should check out the video-conferencing chat porn sites. Lots of girls lounging and sprawling at their PCs.

    Ehm..., I don't think so. Not my bag at all.

    Well then, if you remember your original question, you have just answered it yourself. I was thinking about computers only.

    As for the word plunk (I am getting plunked out all right) I do understand what you say but I also believe it can have a positive connotation as well.

    I plunk myself in front my PC every day to play online games and crossword puzzles.

    No gun to my head - I do it because I like to do it.
    For me the word plunk clearly indicates a longer period of time I want to spend playing games.

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    Re: Subtlety and prepositions.

    [QUOTE=M56]You should check out the video-conferencing chat porn sites. Lots of girls lounging and sprawling at their PCs.

    Ehm..., I don't think so. Not my bag at all.
    Only for academic research of course.

    No gun to my head - I do it because I like to do it.
    For me the word plunk clearly indicates a longer period of time I want to spend playing games.
    Got it. Thanks for all the posts, Marilyn.


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    Re: Subtlety and prepositions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M56
    You should check out the video-conferencing chat porn sites. Lots of girls lounging and sprawling at their PCs.



    Only for academic research of course.



    Got it. Thanks for all the posts, Marilyn.

    You're welcome M56.

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