aboutness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

about +‎ -ness

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

aboutness (plural aboutnesses)

  1. The relevance of a text to its reader. [First attested in the early 20th century.][1]
    • 1982, William Cadbury & Leland A. Poague, Film Criticism: A Counter Theory[1], ISBN 0813803527, page 19:
      The experience of attending to how a good film works la a matter of understanding the composition and the inexhaustible flow of "aboutnesses," relevancies to the world that emerge from the interaction of qualities of meaningfulness that attend such a web of forms and connotations, such a design.
    • 1996, Brian C. O'Connor, Explorations in Indexing and Abstracting[2], ISBN 1563081849, page 147:
      Movie critics provide a good example of aboutness judgments. When some critics rave and others pan, it is not because they have seen different physical texts; rather, all the technical knowledge, topical knowledge, emotions and beliefs of each critic are being engaged in the construction of a response to the physical text.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 7