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This notion of “phrases that are worse than meaningless”—let’s discuss it.

I submit to you, my friends, that the phrase “this notion of” is a rhetorical tic that is indicative of the speaker’s insecurity and paralyzing need to prove themself as thoughtful, intelligent, and urbane. After some time, this intellectual insecurity manifests itself with the automatic insertion of the phrase “this notion of” in front of virtually any discrete idea or concept. The phrase serves absolutely no function except to make its speaker sound more thoughtful.

When speaking normally—to friends, to family, to colleagues, in any relaxed social setting, even when discussing serious topics—how many people have you prefaced something with the phrase “this notion of?” I doubt if there are very many such people at all. (If you have you are a weird statistical outlier and I am going to ignore you.) But in a setting where you want to appear smart—an academic setting, or while giving a speech, or in a media appearance, or in a work presentation, or in any sort of fancy discussion in which you want people to believe you have thought deeply about the topic on which you are holding forth—how many people have inserted the superfluous and unenlightening phrase “this notion of” into a sentence? I wager that many of you are now blushing in shame. The use of the phrase “this notion of” is correlated not with actual intelligence, but rather with a burning desire to sound intelligent in a particular setting.

Consider the following pair of sentences:

“I can’t figure out Chapter Two in our economics book.”
“I’m struggling with this notion of inflationary and deflationary cycles.”

Both sentences say the same thing. But the first one sounds like something an idiot would say, while the second one seems to portray an intellectual wrestling boldly with weighty ideas. Here’s one more:

“I paint pictures that are pretty.”
“My art explores this notion of beauty—this notion of aesthetics.”

The second sentence is actually inferior because it is more opaque and less honest, but do not tell that to anyone who has been tasked with writing an “artist statement.”

What makes this insidious phrase so detestable is that it never adds anything of value to a sentence other than a palpable sense of thirst. Let’s look at a few more real examples from recent published stories. In which of these does the phrase “this notion of” do anything but make a sentence longer?

  • “But for those who study the mind, including philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists, this notion of consciousness is far from obvious.”
  • “This notion of interconnection is a recurrent theme for Rovelli, for whom reality is “only interaction.’”
  • “Even our own First Amendment embodies this notion of liberty, placing the individual’s speech beyond society’s control.”
  • “This notion of an actor as somebody who can become other people, that’s not what acting is.”
  • “This notion of desensitization seems to have intuitive appeal for the pearl-clutching set in direct proportion to its nebulousness as a construct.”
  • “This notion of a reception or party [at a funeral] is a growing trend.”

In how many of these examples does the phrase “the notion of” add something valuable?

NONE OF EM, BUDDY!!

At best, the phrase should be replaced with “the idea of.” (“Notion” is a prissy word that no one uses or should use in the course of daily life unless they personally write a Blogspot blog called “Notions ‘n Things.”) At worst, the phrase conveys the opposite of what it is supposed to convey: it is a dead giveaway that the person does not really understand the idea in question. By tacking on this gauzy phrase, the speaker or writer can add a philosophical haze to the topic at hand that is the opposite of the sort of precision that comes with having a solid grasp of the subject matter.

When we speak of this notion of “communication,” we are often seeking this notion of “words that actually mean things.” This notion of “appending a meaningless phrase to something in order to sound smart” goes directly against this notion of “saying what you mean.” Sure, it might help with this notion of “being invited to speak at conferences full of pseudointellectual hustlers.” But this notion of habitually saying “this notion of” is driven primarily by this notion of “bullshit.”


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no·tion

(nō′shən)n.
1. A belief or opinion: had an old-fashioned notion of what qualities were most important in a mate.
2. A mental image; an idea or conception: Do you have any notion of what I'm referring to? See Synonyms at idea.
3. An impulse or whim: I suddenly had the notion of walking by the river.
4. notions Small lightweight items for household use, such as needles, buttons, and thread.
[Middle English nocioun, concept, from Latin nōtiō, nōtiōn-, from nōtus, known, past participle of nōscere, to get to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]
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notion

(ˈnəʊʃən) n
2. an idea, concept, or opinion
[C16: from Latin nōtiō a becoming acquainted (with), examination (of), from noscere to know]
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no•tion

(ˈnoʊ ʃən)

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n.
1. a general, vague, or imperfect conception or idea.
3. a conception or idea: his notion of democracy.
5. notions, small articles, as buttons, thread, or ribbon, displayed together for sale.
[1560–70; < Latin nōtiō examination, idea <nō-, base of nōscere to come to know (see notify)]
syn: See idea.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Noun1.notion - a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; 'his impression of her was favorable'; 'what are your feelings about the crisis?'; 'it strengthened my belief in his sincerity'; 'I had a feeling that she was lying'
impression, belief, feeling, opinion
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; 'it was not a good idea'; 'the thought never entered my mind'
presence - the impression that something is present; 'he felt the presence of an evil force'
effect - an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived); 'he just did it for effect'
first blush - at the first glimpse or impression; 'at first blush the idea possesses considerable intuitive appeal but on closer examination it fails'
hunch, suspicion, intuition - an impression that something might be the case; 'he had an intuition that something had gone wrong'
2.notion - a general inclusive concept
concept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
mumpsimus - a traditional notion that is obstinately held although it is unreasonable; 'he still holds to the old mumpsimus that a woman's place is in the kitchen'
3.notion - an odd or fanciful or capricious idea; 'the theatrical notion of disguise is associated with disaster in his stories'; 'he had a whimsy about flying to the moon'; 'whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it'
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; 'it was not a good idea'; 'the thought never entered my mind'
4.notion - (usually plural) small personal articles or clothing or sewing items; 'buttons and needles are notions'
article - one of a class of artifacts; 'an article of clothing'
ribbon - notion consisting of a narrow strip of fine material used for trimming
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

notion

noun
1.idea, view, opinion, belief, concept, impression, judgment, sentiment, conception, apprehension, inkling, mental image or picture, pictureI disagree with the notion that violence on TV causes acts of violence in society.He has a realistic notion of his capabilities.
2.whim, wish, desire, fancy, impulse, inclination, capriceI had a whimsical notion to fly off to Rio that night.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

notion

noun1. Something believed or accepted as true by a person:
belief, conviction, feeling, idea, mind, opinion, persuasion, position, sentiment, view.
2. That which exists in the mind as the product of careful mental activity:
concept, conception, idea, image, perception, thought.
3. An impulsive, often illogical turn of mind:
bee, boutade, caprice, conceit, fancy, freak, humor, impulse, megrim, vagary, whim, whimsy.
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ideja

notion

[ˈnəʊʃən]N
1. (= idea) → ideaf; (= view) → opiniónf, nociónf; (= whim) → caprichom
I have a notion thattengo la ideade que ...
I had no notion that he was planning to leaveno tenía ni ideade quetuvierapensadomarcharse
to have no notion ofno tener ni idea de
I haven't the slightest notionno tengo ni idea
to have a notion to do sthestar inclinado a hacer algo
2.notions (Sew) → artículosmpl de mercería, merceríaf
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notion

[ˈnəʊʃən]n
(= belief) → notionf
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

notion

n
(= idea, thought)Ideef; (= conception)Vorstellungf, → Ideef; (= vague knowledge)Ahnungf; (= opinion)Meinungf, → Ansichtf; I haven’t the foggiest(inf)or slightest notion (of what he means)ich habe keine Ahnungornicht die leisesteAhnung(, was er meint); I have no notion of timeich habe überhaupt kein Zeitgefühl; to give somebody notionsjdn auf GedankenorIdeenbringen; that gave me the notion of inviting herdas brachte mich auf die Ideeor den Gedanken, sie einzuladen; where did you get the notionor what gave you the notion that I …?wie kommst du denn auf die Idee, dass ich …?; he got the notion (into his head) that she wouldn’t help himirgendwie hat er sich(dat)eingebildet, sie würde ihm nichthelfen; I have a notion that …ich habe den Verdacht, dass …
(= whim)Ideef; to have a notion to do somethingLust haben, etw zu tun; if he gets a notion to do something, nothing can stop himwenn er sich(dat)etwas in denKopfgesetzt hat, kann ihn keiner davon abhalten; she has some strange notionssie kommtmanchmal auf seltsameIdeenorGedanken; I hit (up)on or suddenly had the notion of going to see hermir kamplötzlich die Idee, sie zu besuchen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

notion

[ˈnəʊʃn]n
a.idea; (concept) → nozionef
to have no notion of time → non avere la nozione del tempo
I haven't the slightest or foggiest notion → non ho la più pallidaidea
I have no notion of what you mean → non ho la più vagaidea di cosa tu voglia dire
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

This Notion Merits Serious Consideration

notion

(ˈnəuʃən) noun
1. understanding. I've no notion what he's talking about. begrip, idee فَهْم، مَفْهوم схващане noção ponětí der Begriff begreb ιδέαnoción aim انديشه käsitys idéeמושג धारणा pojam fogalom pengertian hugmynd idea 理解 이해, 개념 supratimas priekšstats tahu ideeforestilling, idépojęcie فكر،توجه noção idee; noţi­une понятие poňatie pojem razumevanje aning, begrepp ความเข้าใจ fikir, bilgi 理解 поняття; уявлення سمجھ khái niệm 理解
2. an uncertain belief; an idea. He has some very odd notions. idee فِكْرَه понятие noção názor, představa die Vorstellung idé άποψη, αντίληψηidea, concepto arusaam نظريه ajatus idéeרעיון विचार, बोध ideja elképzelés gagasan hugmynd, skoðun idea, opinione 考え 허황한 생각 pažiūra, idėja uzskats tanggapan ideeoppfatning, innfall mniemanie, pogląd اند،رايه noção idee; părere идея predstava, názor ideja gledište idé, infall ความเชื่อ düşünce, fikir 觀念,想法 поняття; погляд غير يقيني فکر، رائے quan điểm 观念,想法
3. a desire for something or to do something. He had a sudden notion to visit his aunt. idee, ingewing رَغْبَه прищявка desejo chuť, nápad die Neigung lyst διάθεση για κτ. idea kavatsus فکرى päähänpisto idéeרצון उद्देश्य hir kedv keinginan löngun, hugdetta voglia, capriccio 意向 의향, 의사 ketinimas nodoms rasa ingin grillystkaprys فكرى desejo idee желание chuť ideja želja lust ความต้องการ istek, arzu 心血來潮 намір خواہش ý kiến 突然的念头,奇想,意图
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