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I need a word that means 'things that have been seen'. I'd be happy with a made-up or foreign word, if the meaning is relatively clear to English speakers.

For example, using the word 'floop' for now, I would want to be able to say things like: "In the context of movies, my floops include Die Hard, but not Die Hard 4". Or "My floops yesterday included a bald cat".

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It simply depends on the exact sentence/topic at hand. There is no one word. Note that "seeing" a cat (literally, you glanced at it, you "looked at it with your eyes") is an utterly different concept from "I read a book" or "I watched a DVD" or "I went to a movie." It's just a coincidence that the word "see" is used as an alternative to "watching"/"viewing" a movie. WS has given your two specific solutions below. – Joe Blow Mar 28 '14 at 12:36

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The obvious answer seems to be 'sightings'.

It would work for the bald-cat example, but perhaps not for the movies.

That would be 'viewings.

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Hmm, I don't really have any better suggestions, but both of those (and in particular the viewings one) sound a bit clunky in the OP's example sentences. (On the other hand, if the OP is happy with a made-up or foreign word, maybe that's not an issue) – Alicja Z Mar 28 '14 at 11:37
The key point is there's simply no one solution. The OP has accidentally conflated two utterly different senses of "see". – Joe Blow Mar 28 '14 at 12:37
I think 'viewings' works best for what I want (naming a table in a database). Thanks. – Singletoned Mar 31 '14 at 9:55

If FaceBook can turn "likes" into a noun, there's no reason you can't use "sees", for example:

I count "Die Hard", a bald cat and my best friend's chartreuse Karmann Ghia among my favorite "sees" today!

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+1 - This is an interesting approach, I like it. – medica Mar 28 '14 at 13:51
@medica You could even write a list of your favourite 'Seven sees'! – WS2 Mar 31 '14 at 10:44
@WS2 - I like that idea! It's like a short 'bucket list'. Kristina, I wish this would catch on. – medica Mar 31 '14 at 16:23

Please consider the following: encounters, experiences, perceptions, visions, memories, images, and hallucinations. "Objects" doesn't include all of the "'things that have been seen'" by James Taylor, i.e. "lonely times." Heinlein's Stranger's word might be grokked as a noun, but then one of your groks includes a bald cat.

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