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« on: January 30, 2016, 12:30:49 pm »

Inspired by another thread.

What is the "proper" way to refer to that which we love?
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2016, 12:47:59 pm »

Steampunk..
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2016, 02:13:31 pm »

The Oxford Dictionary lists it as one word "Steampunk", whereas Dictionary.com says "steam punk", "steam-punk" or "Steampunk".

One thing that seems clear is that "punk" shouldn't be capitalised.  Guess I got it wrong.  In sha Allah.
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2016, 02:53:04 pm »

I am a Steampunk, I enjoy the steampunk aesthetic.
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2016, 05:45:51 pm »

... and occasionally vent steam, punk.
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2016, 05:57:18 pm »

Oh I think 'Steampunk', don't you?
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2016, 05:58:22 pm »

Although 'steampunk' would be appropriate on certain occasions.
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2016, 05:59:39 pm »

Mind you I do like the double capital letters of 'Steam Punk'.
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2016, 06:01:00 pm »

Unless you think that's too formal, in which case 'steam punk' may work better....
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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2016, 06:03:46 pm »

Although 'steampunk' would be appropriate on certain occasions.

Isn't that the adjectival variant?  e.g. "I just steampunked it with a few adheso-cogs..."
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« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2016, 07:57:47 pm »

Steampunk.

Although a follower of Steampunk may be said to be "Steampunk" in style, the individual could be described as "a Steam Punk" - as we also use the terms "Steam" or "Steamy" as a descriptive word for something is or is likened to the Steampunk aesthetic... Therefore a follower would be a 'Punk' (as in subculture) of the Steam aesthetic / genre.

Doesn't really matter though, we all know what is meant by any version used.  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2016, 02:53:05 am »

In a way, I suppose a Steam Punk could practice Steampunk?
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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2016, 03:12:22 am »

In a way, I suppose a Steam Punk could practice Steampunk?
As in, "a Steam Punk can rebel against authority, practice Steampunk simultaneously,  and steampunk sundry items as a hobby."
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« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2016, 08:57:19 pm »

Mebbe so. I don't get that wrapped up in titles...we know who we are, and we're having a good time...Wink
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« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2016, 09:28:39 pm »

Steampunk, though I occasionally type SteamPunk
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« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2016, 10:05:08 pm »

Every now and then I say Steam Funk.  Cool Yeah,  baby!   Cheesy Grin
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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2016, 08:46:01 am »

I feel this a more interesting question than we're giving it credit for.  Ultimately it probably doesn't matter what we capitalize or whether or not we hit the space Bar key, right?  But what we imply with those subtleties might should give us pause...if I had to think about it and establish "voice" with the written word, I'd call myself a steam PUNK.  And might use STEAMpunk with my nose in the air, tho ironically...
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« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2016, 08:56:37 am »

I feel this a more interesting question than we're giving it credit for.  Ultimately it probably doesn't matter what we capitalize or whether or not we hit the space Bar key, right?  But what we imply with those subtleties might should give us pause...if I had to think about it and establish "voice" with the written word, I'd call myself a steam PUNK.  And might use STEAMpunk with my nose in the air, tho ironically...


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« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2016, 04:48:20 am »

Seems to be no doubt that around here it is Steampunk or steampunk and not steam punk.

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« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2016, 10:30:19 am »

The capitalisation is an interesting issue. It is not a proper noun as such but there is only one concept (even if there is often not one definitive meaning). Similarly, you can say "fantasy" or "science fiction" but also commonly Fantasy or Science Fiction. It is a mass noun (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/steampunk). This means that it covers a body of entities, like "rice", so it cannot be pluralised. There is no "steampunks". You cannot be "a steampunk".

Of course, this is going by the dictionary which tries to represent the usage of the term according to the common parlance of the time. But steampunk attitudes allow us to reject the rules and go against the norm, so we can use it however we like Smiley

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