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JuriTerreni

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Chinese-China
From TV series<Mosaic>,
They're having lunch, a bunch of people, talking about art.
Olivia - It's all overrated-- the neos, the pointillists.
Petra - You don't think understanding the science of how the eye perceives light is--
Olivia - Has nothing to do with art. Come on, can we measure human emotions through the chemical, the synaptical, the sciency-wiency-- whatever-- events?
What does sciency-wiency- mean?
Thank you.
 
  • Keith Bradford

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    English (Midlands UK)
    It's a sarcastic way of saying "scientific", invented by the scriptwriters.

    There are many examples of this pattern, which usually convey some suggestion of sarcasm: "Goody-goody... easy-peasy... tootsy-wootsy (= foot)..." and thousands of others that never get into the dictionaries.
     

    PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    Keith has put it well - "sciency-wiency" is in the style of "artsy-fartsy"; the latter is dismissive, and indicative of being too intellectual and pretentious about art.
     

    RM1(SS)

    Senior Member
    English - US (Midwest)
    Probably influenced by the tenth Doctor: "People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually — from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint — it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff."
     
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