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GabhSigenod
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 7:38:11 AM

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The word "Minimalize" is new to me. What would be the actual usage difference of: "minimalize" vs "minimize"?
thar
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 7:55:06 AM

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just on first instinct, I would say minimise to make small, and minimalise to make appear small

I want minimise the changes = make as few as possible

I want to minimalise the changes = lie, cheat and pr people into thinking they are smaller changes than they are!


or, you could minimalise a house to make an aesthetic statement by stealing all the furniture?
almostfreebird
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 8:36:07 AM
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Just remembered the conversation between Travis and Betsy.

I took Betsy to Child's Coffee Shop on Columbus Circle. I had black coffee and apple pie with a slice of melted cheese. I think that was a good selection. Betsy had coffee and a fruit salad... but she could've had anything she wanted.

Travis: I gotta get organized. Little things like my apartment, possessions. I should get a sign : "One of these days I should get 'organezized."'

Betsy: - You mean organized? - "Organezized."
Travis: Organezized. It's a joke.
O-R-G-A-N-E-Z-l-Z-E-D.
Betsy: Oh, you mean organezized like those office signs that say "Thimk."

leonAzul
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 8:41:24 AM

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GabhSigenod wrote:
The word "Minimalize" is new to me. What would be the actual usage difference of: "minimalize" vs "minimize"?


Without context I would guess that "minimize" means to make smaller or reduce, and "minimalize" would mean to make as small as possible.

I could also hear it, as thar does, as a synonym for deceptively misrepresenting the significance of something, but I feel that would be a derived meaning rather than the primary one.
leonAzul
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 8:50:43 AM

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almostfreebird wrote:

Betsy: Oh, you mean organezized like those office signs that say "Thimk."


Now that's just silly.

Everyone knows that the proper spelling is "organizized", not to be confused with "organizated". Drool
Romany
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 10:27:24 AM
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I went to my trusty Oxford - but they, as yet, have no record of 'minimaliz(s)e'.

Do you trust your source - or could it simply be a slip of the tongue/pen?
RubyMoon
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 10:54:43 AM
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minimalize (@ Dictionary.com)
[min-uh-muh-lahyz]


min·i·mal·ize
 -uh-muh-lahyz]

verb (used with object), -ized, -iz·ing.
to make minimal: to minimalize tax increases.

Also, especially British , min·i·mal·ise .

Origin:
minimal + -ize

Related forms
min·i·mal·i·za·tion, noun



GabhSigenod
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 11:12:56 AM

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Romany wrote:
I went to my trusty Oxford - but they, as yet, have no record of 'minimaliz(s)e'.

Do you trust your source - or could it simply be a slip of the tongue/pen?

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The source is valid, by the way, on the tongue of a politician.
"Minimalize" just sounded new and oddly redundant to me.
Perhaps the source was trying to influence the listener's perception.
IMcRout
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 11:14:17 AM
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Ruby, you missed 'minimalis(z)er'.
RubyMoon
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 11:19:15 AM
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IMcRout wrote:
Ruby, you missed 'minimalis(z)er'.


Thought that was a "given", IMc d'oh!

Thank you, I was being lazy. Shhh


sipayi
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 11:37:47 AM
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IMVHO, no such word. Someone did a mini-malice on you.
jmacann
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 1:21:40 PM
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"minimise" -'to make small'; minimalise -'make minimal': to make appear minimal', or 'having a minimum presence', has nothing to do with "size" (i.e. with "small").
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 1:31:12 PM

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TFD:

minimalize

tr.v. min·i·mal·ized, min·i·mal·iz·ing, min·i·mal·iz·es
To make minimal.
mini·mal·i·zation (-m-l-zshn) n.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

GabhSigenod
Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:56:10 AM

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jmacann wrote:
"minimise" -'to make small'; minimalise -'make minimal': to make appear minimal', or 'having a minimum presence', has nothing to do with "size" (i.e. with "small").


The word "minimalize" seems to implicate a decreasing importance of something, whereas "minimize" generally refers to a decreasing size of something.
A very fine line of distinction.
excaelis
Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 5:44:42 PM

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thar wrote:

or, you could minimalise a house to make an aesthetic statement by stealing all the furniture?


You're obviously familiar with Scousers, then ?
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