There's a difference for words that mean the same thing
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I was just thinking about this.

There are many words that describe the same thing. (nouns) Even though they mean the same, I've always felt that one will always be the "higher form", making it seem more exquisite.

For example,
Compare between the differences between Movie and Film.
To me, it's very obvious that film is a "higher form". Like, you would call Phantom of the Opera a film, rather than a movie, and musicals are usually called a film. Which is also why you don't hear people say "classic movies" often, but "classic film" is used.
(note: Disney films, Disney movies sound weird)

I've always felt that Anime is a higher form than Cartoon.
Though, technically they kind of mean different things. But they are basically animated characters. However, there are many different types of animations. So the line is kind of blurred.

Basically you have cartoons like Ben 10, Kim impossible, Powerpuff Girls, Spongebob square pants, Hey Arnold, etc. Those belong to the same family.
Then you have cartoons like, The Simpsons, Family Guy, etc, which are still cartoons, but belong to a different class.
Then you have Disney 3D animations like, Despicable Me, UP, Toy Story, Madagascar, etc. Which again is in a different class of cartoons.
Then you have Anime, which is a completely different kind of art form, with it's origins rooted deeply in Japan.
Then you have DC, Marvel comics which has been animated as cartoons. Like Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Justice League, Avengers, etc.
In my opinion, the ultimate class of animated films is all the Disney classics, Lion King, Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Aladdin, Sinbad, Mulan, etc. Sometimes I think it's just a matter of personal preference, but classic Disney films will always have a special place in my heart.

Which is why, I feel insulted when people call Anime a Cartoon. It's not. It's an anime.
Similarly, I would feel insulted if someone called Lion King an anime, I will slap his face.

Other examples will be like,
Dish vs Cuisine
Drawing vs Design
Drink vs Beverage
Shit vs Stool

Well, it's just a random thought that hit me in the head. I think it's important that we choose our words wisely.

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