Random

We explain what something is randomwhat are its positive, negative, neutral senses and in what fields or jargons it is currently used.

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Something random it can be something random, but also something unpredictable or surprising.

what is something random?

The word random belongs to the English language and can be translated as “random”, “random” or “chance”, and is a very common linguistic loan among generations of digital natives, such as the so-called generation millennial and generation Z, due to the dominant presence of the English language in the technological and digital world.

In its strict sense, random means “random”: something that happens according to the laws of chance, without its outcome being predictable in any way. This also implies that it has no recognizable patterns, that it does not follow established plans and does not obey anyone’s will.

In this sense it is used, for example, to name the random reproduction modes of sound devices (shuffle either random), and also for randomly determined computing events, such as RAM memory. random access memory“random access memory”).

However, in the jargon of recent generations, this concept acquires new meanings linked to that which is not important, is not transcendent or that is surprising because it is unusual, unpredictable or meaningless. It can be used in a negative (like something disappointing), positive (like something surprising) or neutral sense. For example:

  • “The other day at the disco I danced with a boy random”, means that the person with whom you danced does not have greater personal significance, but was chosen at random, without intending to.
  • “Yesterday I saw the new Marvel movie and it turned out to be very random”, means that the film did not meet the expectations of the person, but was indifferent to him, forgettable.
  • “Do you want to go out tomorrow like random?, means that a casual outing is proposed to the other, without an established purpose, without plans, to kill time.
  • “Yesterday my soccer team lost against the worst in the league, all very random”, means that the fact of having lost against the worst team in the league constitutes an unpredictable, unexpected event that defies logic and expectations.
  • “What they say about vaccines that cause autism is very random”, means that the above statement is something ridiculous, unsubstantiated, said without thinking or without a discernible purpose.
  • “They gave me a new video game console, what a random everything!”, means that the gift is received with extreme surprise, which was so unexpected that it seems due to chance.
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References

  • “Random” in Wiktionary.
  • “The Z have their wild card word and it is ‘random'” in Yorokobu.
  • “Random (noun)” in Merriam-Webster English Dictionary.