Random thought: if the majority of the population uses 'antisocial' as what 'asocial' is defined here, Does its dictionary meaning still hold relevancy?
I don't know about this one I check both my countries dictionary, Oxford and Google, they all said; "not sociable or wanting the company of others." What about antisocial personality disorder?
i think the word is still being used correctly in england, but not so much in canada
This is correct. In Psychology, Anti-Social is a type of personality disorder. This is actually a very frustrating fact in the psych community because of how often people who are introverted or asocial are branded anti-social. It's frustrating because we'd like to inform people every single time but eventually you give up and go with the flow. Anti-social people are up there with sociopaths with one particular distinguishing trait that separates the two. I'm pretty sure that quiet David over there is not the same as sadistically desensitized Dave who manipulates his victims into trusting him because he gets off on other peoples elevated heart rates.
Most who think they have antisocial personality disorder are actually experiencing social-anxiety disorder.
There's also plain "unsociable".
Antisocial social club makes sense now
The word *antisocial* describes the behavior of criminals, psychopaths and sociopaths, people who are a danger to others because of their deviant or pathological personalities. If the general public chooses to adopt the term "antisocial" to describe people who are just reclusive or perhaps just shy or avoidant, we lose the ability to adequately describe people who are truly antisocial. Perverting the meaning of words (like using "paranoid" to describe a state of mild anxiety) makes the misused word meaningless. This probably wouldn't be too much of a problem unless you run into someone who is genuinely criminal, psychopathic or sociopathic. Examples of antisocial people: Charles Manson, Jeffery Dahmer, Ken Lay (of Enron), Gerry Webb (Australian murderer), Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber.) Describing some angsty teenager who sasses his teachers as "antisocial" is wrong. And inaccurate.
Nobody looks up definitions to these words before using them. Language is defined by the people using it, not linguists who write dictionaries.
Too late. I think the word's meaning has changed now and can't go back
Also fun fact nauseous means to have characteristics that make someone feel nauseated. So you should really say I feel nauseated instead of feeling nauseous, unless of course you are making those around you feel sick.
Great now I can annoy those folks who can't stop telling me they are introverted. I swear it's like the vegan thing.. they just gotta tell everyone.