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    The meaning of "Service"

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by lessa, Apr 10, 2008.

    At one time in my life, I thought I had a handle on the meaning of the word 'service.'

    'It's the act of doing things for other people.'

    Then I heard these terms which reference the word SERVICE :

    Internal Revenue Service
    Postal Service
    Telephone Service
    Civil Service
    City & County Public Service
    Customer Service
    Service Stations

    Then I became confused about the word ' service .' This is not what I Thought 'service' meant.

    So today, I overheard two farmers talking, and one of them said he had hired a bull to ' service ' a few of his cows. BAM! It all came into perspective. Now I understand what all those 'service' agencies are doing to us.

    I hope you now are as enlightened as I am.
     
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    Haha, I think you hit the nail on the head with that one. That Internal Revenue Service gets you every way you turn...
     
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    Service........something I'd die dong if my country ever felt the need.......oh yah, I've got the meaning down to a pat.
     
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    eee you make me laugh. :p

    And I always though of a service as something or oneone doing something for someone else, like a public service being the posties and stuff.
     
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    Don't forget Process Service - you know, when a stranger catches you unawares and delivers a court summons to you!
     
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    I understand IRS, but the rest of them... ah I just don't get it.
     
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    it's a very old joke, but still a valid observation, sorry to say!
     
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    Service is a noun.

    It is the action of doing, rather than an object.

    That's what I look at service to be (selling goods vs. selling services).
     
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    it's both noun and verb, as well as an adjective...
     
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    ORLY?
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    :)

    The correct answer to everything is that human communication is inefficient and flawed. We don't have solid definitions for half of our terms. This won't change soon. We have flawed logic.

    Reroll E.T. imo. :love:
     
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    Actually that's just english (And Chinese, and Arabic, and just about any othe context based language). There's a reason its the third most difficult language in the world to learn :p.
     
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    That reason isn't because it's flawed.

    All languages will always be flawed also, because there are so many ideas, theories, objects, actions, and etc. that will never have terms deemed as their meaning.
     
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    That is why I prefer hindi..........I don't understand it, why in other languages we speak something write something....in hindi it's clear, service is karma, clear as that, we write karma, and speak karma, easy as that, karma is accha or bura kaam, and well understood, simple......even for a beginner, ut in english if you give the word "service" to a beginner, I doubt it'll be understood....
     
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    Interesting.

    Here are some of the definitions of "Service" I have found on the web:

    * work done by one person or group that benefits another; "budget separately for goods and services"
    * a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
    * the act of public worship following prescribed rules; "the Sunday service"
    * an act of help or assistance; "he did them a service"
    * employment in or work for another; "he retired after 30 years of service"
    * military service: a force that is a branch of the armed forces
    * the performance of duties by a waiter or servant; "that restaurant has excellent service"
    * overhaul: periodic maintenance on a car or machine; "it was time for an overhaul on the tractor"
    * tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table
    * serve: (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; "his powerful serves won the game"
    * the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone; "he accepted service of the subpoena"
    * Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958)
    * avail: a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"
    * be used by; as of a utility; "The sewage plant served the neighboring communities"; "The garage served to shelter his horses"
    * servicing: the act of mating by male animals; "the bull was worth good money in servicing fees"
    * make fit for use; "service my truck"; "the washing machine needs to be serviced"
    * serve: mate with; "male animals serve the females for breeding purposes"
    * (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him
    http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

    So really, "service" is no one thing and is based upon the context in which it is being referred to. (Though it is subject to many interpretations and jokes ;))

    ~Natalie
     

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