Preowned?! NO, it's USED! Is USED now one of those 'four letter words'?

@mommyboo (13198)
United States
September 18, 2009 11:53pm CST
What kind of a term is this anyway? I first heard a joke about this from the late great George Carlin. Pre-owned, huh? What does that mean exactly? Why it's just a fancy term for USED! Can't we all just say USED? Nooooo of course not. Now all those USED cars are PRE-OWNED! Come on down right now and get your very own brand new PRE-OWNED Lexus with a warranty and a Carfax vehicle report and oh... $3678 in fees, taxes, registration, and the like! Pre-owned my foot. It's USED. Nothing wrong with USED. I have bought USED clothing. It's not frigging PRE-OWNED. I have bought USED cars. USED! I have even bought USED other things. I hate the word PRE-OWNED. Snobby snooty stupid word that it is! Do you have pre-owned eggs? pre-owned dogs? Pre-owned..... other halves? LOL!
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@hotsummer (10523)
• Philippines
19 Sep 09
i just notice that english words tend to evolve and they come up with new terms. like why didn't i hear that word before. was it there a long time ago that just escaped my noticed. because i don't yse english that often cause it is not my first language or i don't read english much often. there are new slang used by younger generation now in US that i am not familiar with. can you help with this. what does "You are pawned already!" or "You got owned already!" mean. i have no idea. i feel it means something that i am not really sure of if they are correct.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
19 Sep 09
Hi! Well, maybe this is a testament to you but I never would have guessed english wasn't your first language. What is your first language, by the way, or are you fluent in several? Believe me, english terms and slang are always evolving. Constantly. There are things people don't say any more, they have been replaced by other terms now, and the 'teen-speak' or 'text speech' that is around now is much different than it was when I or my parents were growing up. I will fill you in on the whole 'pnwed' thing. I have a friend here who was concerned about it because he thought his son PAWNED his cell phone. It's a slang/gaming term that means 'owned' - pretty much 'I own you' ie 'I'm better, cooler, faster, more awesome' etc lol. I felt all warm and fuzzy that I could bridge THAT generation gap, but personally I have a lot of trouble with the attitude of teens today, which is basically 'I want you to do everything for me but at the same time leave me the hell alone'. Well, can't do both, take your pick and then keep your mouth shut lol.
@hotsummer (10523)
• Philippines
19 Sep 09
i am not fluent. there are times my writing seems okay and there are times where my posts will not be easy to understand. it depends . if i take more time to write i can edit my post and make less mistake and if i post fast i can't edit my grammar and you will notice that i am not really fluent in english. i am from philippines, so tagalog is my first language, and i don't know other language besides my own except english. i do understand english even when i was young but i had difficulty in speaking and writing in english. i just keep learning on mylot every day. so i get to improve my english as i participate on this site. some of my style in writing here are just patterned from other members here. specially those native english speakers. i carefully try to read their discussions and observed how they write and express themselves. and also i watch yuotube videos a lot and listen how they explain themselves in english. anyways, you mean to say the slang "You got pawned me!" means " I am better, more awesome than you, and etc. " it is really funny cause i keep reading that on the comments box on youtube. like they keep saying "You got pawned!". and i was really clueless. and the you got owned thing. so when some body says to me "You got pawned" He is just saying that is better than me or defeat me in some way. Well slang are quite difficult but quite fun to use though once you get familiar with it. that maybe why kids love using those slangs
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
19 Sep 09
The term is 'pwned', not 'pawned'... no A lol. I'm not exactly sure how some of these terms came to be, even though I'm a gamer and I technically OUGHT to know. I have now forgotten what else I was going to comment on so I will have to add another comment later. Youtube is an excellent resource, both entertainment-wise and for educational purposes
@derek_a (10898)
19 Sep 09
I agree.. Used for a start, is much easier to say than pre-owned. But those that are in charge may not want to hurt us who tend to buy most of our stuff second-hand - by cushioning the blow perhaps. Brand new - pre-owned? That's a contradiction isn't it? Somebody has owned everything though! But you're right, they've not necessarily used it. So yes, used is the better word.. - Derek
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
19 Sep 09
I don't mind used or second hand for terms, that's what things are if they are not bought brand new. When I see how much cheaper I can sometimes get things if I don't NEED them brand new, it really sweetens the deal. I don't think I would dislike the term 'pre-owned' so much except that I think it's false representation, and snooty. Any USED car has actually been used. I doubt that people buy a car and then don't drive it AT ALL and then trade it in to a dealership after a few years, know what I mean? If I ever find a pre-owned car that the original (first) owner bought and then never drove and then turned in to a dealership after several years without any miles on it, no dirt or stains or dings, dents, whatever, I will eat my laptop.
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@derek_a (10898)
20 Sep 09
- I don't think you will be eating laptops any time soon... I have never bought a new car in my life - the depreciation is madness, here in the UK. Thousands of UK pounds wiped off the value as soon as you sign the papers. Used is fine for me. I have had one once with just 1000 miles clocked up, not quite enough to make me eat a laptop yet.. - Derek
@fezman (260)
• Australia
19 Sep 09
i agree with you totally mommyboo, i think that the general population of stuck up snobs had a survey of some sort and that was one of their topics! "next on the agenda, used, this word denotes the perticular item and we all think that used means used up, no longer effecient, what say you? i's all round." etc,etc yea its crap isnt it? i mean fancy going down to your pre owned car lot? and think of this, if someone didnt really own it, cause they were paying it off or it was companys, it doesnt really mean pre owned does it? i also love that you pre owned the word :snooty: i love that word, dont tell me you got it from ferris buellers day off did you?
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
19 Sep 09
LOL! I like you! I looove Ferris Bueller's Day Off too. I think I may begin pre owning terms instead of using them, afterwards when I try to sell them to someone else, they are worth more, right?? At least the fine print says so!!
@fezman (260)
• Australia
20 Sep 09
ha ha ha , ferris buellers day off ROCKS!!!! i fell in love with that movie when i was 10! i love every bit of it, i even still to this day use those corny 1 liners!
@marrie1 (256)
• United States
19 Sep 09
I agree. it sounds like a lot of pc ot me. I can say used as much s I want. Used used used used. there. Nothing is preowned.I remember in the 90s when I was working we did use the word "used" but not anymore. wellnot all of us anyways.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
19 Sep 09
Used is truthful, honest, and there's nothing wrong with the word. Like I said, if something hasn't been used, it can be explained that while it did BELONG to someone else in the past, that person did not USE it. Like I told someone else though, I know this would never be true of a used car, and likely not a used grill/bbq or used exercise equipment. People do not tend to spend THAT much money on something and then never use it at ALL.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
19 Sep 09
Hello mommyboo. Here in the Philippines, there is a profusion of shops that sell "pre-owned" stuff. These products of pre-owned items range from clothes, toys, shoes, dishes and even furniture. What I do know about these items is that they are sent here from abroad under the cover that they are relief goods. The bad thing is that the people who really need these relief stuff never receive them. I don't patronize these shops no matter how many friends and co-workers gush that they have found great finds in these shops. Oh, by the way, I have a pre-owned cat. :P I am not the original owner, the cat adopted me after my brother continued to feed them in my garage.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
19 Sep 09
Relief goods? Is there a reason you choose not to patronize these shops? I like second hand stores, most of the time you have to have the time to browse and browse carefully but sometimes you can find some great stuff. Styles change and the cool thing about second hand shops is that you can find things you love that aren't sold in shops new any more plus save a little money at the same time. I have never allowed my kids to continue trying to feed stray animals because I don't particularly want to be adopted by a pre-owned pet lol.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
19 Sep 09
I think someone on Madison Avenue thought this was a cuter word than used. At first, it was okay, especially since it was for Lexus, a car for snooty people Now, it is too used itself, or rather, pre-owned
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
19 Sep 09
Silly pre-owned term! And the people who prefer to pre-own it are not just snooty, they are snobby AND snarky! It is all a ruse to make people think better of the item or to attract class in a false way.
@dorannmwin (36659)
• United States
19 Sep 09
I am laughing so hard at this minute, but I also totally agree with you. We have a USED car that we drive. The house that we bought was a USED house (although it kind of sounds funny to day it that way, but hey, it is what it is). I just went this evening and bought USED clothes for my almost three year old son. There is nothing wrong with USED. USED in a lot of cases means that you are able to save money and in this day and age the more stuff that I can get USED the better I feel. No, I've never had pre-owned eggs, but I have had pre-owned dogs. My husband was pre-owned in a certain sense. But nothing material that I have is pre-owned, it is USED!!!
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
19 Sep 09
LOL! Yeah I know, right? I have always bought used cars. New cars are a depreciation nightmare, you drive them off the lot and suddenly they are worth thousands less. Somebody else lived in my house before, even though it was the neighborhood model rotfl. That almost makes it worse because there were probably hundreds of people trooping thru it deciding whether to buy one just like it. You get even more kudos from me because you said 'it is what it is' hehehe! I buy a lot of used stuff, ie clothing, especially for me. It is much cheaper and the quality stuff is still quality, it just costs like two bucks instead of $60. That enables me to do things like buy expensive workout/running shoes because I didn't have to spend $60 on a pair of jeans. Those are one thing I only buy new - workout shoes. I put too many miles on them regularly to trust a used pair and shoes aren't usually something to buy used. I'd buy a new pair someone didn't wear, and sometimes I'd get casual shoes if they weren't worn out.
• United States
20 Sep 09
USED IS USED.Pre-owned just a snobby way of saying USED.Just like using the word clunkers for junkers.If it is not new it is USED plain and simple.USED USED USED
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
19 Sep 09
Hey mommyboo! I'm lmao! Pre-owned other halves!That is a good one!You are right! WTF? Pre-Owned my azz! USED!!! That's the right word! What is wrong with that word? I think it is funny too that now a car is Pre-Owned! Do they think if they use that Pre-Owned crap that people are going to forget that it is a USED friggen car? So what? Lots of people buy USED things! There's nothing wrong with that! There are things that just can't be used, like those eggs!lol But, I am very proud to say that I have gotten some incredible furniture from just walking around my neighborhood and seeing some "Pre-Owned" furniture that was being thrown out! I got a great cabinet that I re-painted and used for my CD's! And some other stuff too! And the word for that is "Dumpster Diving"! And I don't care either!
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@jalucia (1435)
• United States
19 Sep 09
Yeah, my man is pre owned, sounds way better than saying that he's used :) Actually, if you want to get into the logistics of things, a lot of things that we buy new are actually used and everything that we buy is pre-owned. Someone had to own it first, in order to have the right to sell it to you. And, if that car was ever test driven, or driven by the dealer or manufacturer - it's used. If anyone tried on that garment, before you bought it, it's used. If a manufacturer inspected an item by using it ... it's used. I like to keep things simple in life, so I agree with you in doing away with all the extra stuff. And, I'll buy used, too. BTW, did you know that brash George Carlin was the narrator on the Thomas the Train cartoon.
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@KrauseHome (36771)
• United States
21 Sep 09
This is an interesting way to look at things for sure. Sure when you buy a Car that is used it means it has been owned by someone else, but for me the word used sounds more appealing. Pre-owned makes me think of things that are used that might not be worth someone else wanting to own as well. Maybe the richer people think pre-owned is more classy but give me used any day for sure.
• United States
20 Sep 09
I think the whole thing with USED and pre-owned is because the word used has become sort of a dirty word in our society. People want to have everything new. They want to have the best of the best and by getting rid of the word used and substituting pre-owned people find it easier to buy used because it doesn't have such a dirty connotation attached.