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    Default Any synonym to the word 'contemporary', please?

    Hi,
    Are there any othere words wchich can be used in the following extract?

    ...some figures from the contemporary British pop culture...



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    Default Re: Any synonym to the word 'contemporary', please?

    I would use 'modern' or possibly 'current'.
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    Default Re: Any synonym to the word 'contemporary', please?

    But if it's talking about a time period 40 or 50 or 500 years ago, it does not mean "modern" or "current." It means "happening at the same time."

    In fashion (and other fields) "contemporary" can mean a style that is modern, but that is a different thing.

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    Default Re: Any synonym to the word 'contemporary', please?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    But if it's talking about a time period 40 or 50 or 500 years ago, it does not mean "modern" or "current." It means "happening at the same time."

    In fashion (and other fields) "contemporary" can mean a style that is modern, but that is a different thing.

    If it's happening at the same time, the writer would be in the same time frame, so contemporary would still mean 'modern' or 'current', in regards to the context.

    'Modern' or 'current' is the correct would choice for his sentence in the context. It would change if the context changed.
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    Default Re: Any synonym to the word 'contemporary', please?

    What context? This excerpt could be talking about the British pop culture of the 1960s. I don't know. That's certainly not "modern" or "current" to an author writing today about that era.

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    Default Re: Any synonym to the word 'contemporary', please?

    In it's given context, you can only assume he's talking about here and now.

    If it was to continue along with "some figures from the contemporary British pop culture of the 1960s....."


    It would still have the same meaning because they are talking about what was modern then. It would be no different if you said "some figures from the modern contemporary British pop culture of the 1960s..."

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    Default Re: Any synonym to the word 'contemporary', please?

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    In it's its given context, you can only assume he's talking about here and now.
    No you can't. AS SD pointed out, there isn't any context (except that the word 'pop' suggests that it is most certainly after 1950).

    If it was to continue along with "some figures from the contemporary British pop culture of the 1960s....."

    It would still have the same meaning because they are talking about what was modern then.
    But it's not modern now, which is why we use the word 'contemporary'.
    It would be no different if you said "some figures from the modern contemporary British pop culture of the 1960s..."
    That would sound odd.

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    Default Re: Any synonym to the word 'contemporary', please?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No you can't. AS SD pointed out, there isn't any context (except that the word 'pop' suggests that it is most certainly after 1950). I understand that. But in my opinion I still believe the most likely meaning is recent.


    But it's not modern now, which is why we use the word 'contemporary'.
    I believe if they were talking about a specific time frame they would've said "some figures from the 1980/90s British pop culture...." Instead they decided to use contemporary, which I took to mean modern. Is it so far a stretch as to believe they don't mean modern?



    That would sound odd.
    Sorry, I was suppose to take contemporary out of that sentence.
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    Default Re: Any synonym to the word 'contemporary', please?

    I agree that pop suggests a context, but 1950 is not contemporary. More context would clear this up.

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