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When you hear the word "an album", what do you think of first?I learned an album normally means "a phto album" back in school, but later I realized it also means "a recorded album" and that this seems more popular.Also, is there any British/American differences in term of the use of this word?
Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 04-May-2010 at 02:40.
An album is a collection of things. The things are put into an album for display or to listen to. For me all these albums that you mention are the same album that I learnt as a kid. I had a stamp album, a photo album some recorded music albums ....
If I heard "an album" without any context at all, my first thought would be of the musical kind.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Another related term that has changed in that time is "artist", which, forty years ago, almost invariably meant a painter. What we now call an artist was called a singer back then.
Come to think of it, I wonder if the Beatles' White Album was some closet Classicist's quiet joke
PS Your words 'central meaning' are strange ... perhaps 'fluid' would be more what I mean. As you've seen from the answers, a meaning that's 'central' to one person is less central to another; it's not a question of who's 'right'. And even with one person, different sorts of meaning become more and less central, depending on that person's environment.
Last edited by BobK; 04-May-2010 at 15:32.
PPS I hope I didn't give the impression that the Latin root should somehow set the meaning in stone; it's just interesting (to a few of us )