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UBIQUITOUS

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Apr 03, 2005 11:35 pm

• ubiquitous •

Pronunciation: yu-bi-kwê-tês

Part of Speech: Adjective

Meaning: Present or available everywhere, omnipresent.

Notes: The English adverb everywhere doesn't have a corresponding adjective or noun despite the occasional need for one. You can't say things like "The everywhere traffic light" or "I was struck by everywhereness of the double-decker bus in London." Today's word and its noun fill this lacuna. The adverb is ubiquitously and ubiquity is the noun.

In Play: The past decade has seen a rash of technological inventions rise quickly to ubiquity: "The cell phone is becoming more and more ubiquitous throughout the world." Were it not for the ubiquity of the internet, our efforts to put out the good word each day would come to naught.

Word History: Today's word is built on Latin ubi-que "everywhere", itself from ubi "where" + -que "and", + the adjective suffix, -ous. Latin ubi "where" was originally the locative case of Proto-Indo-European *kwo- "where, when, who," *kwo-bhi, which became cubi in compounds like alicubi "somewhere". Hanging out with adverbs like ibi "there", ultimately led to cubi losing its initial [c] and becoming ubique. The same root, *kwo- became who in English and kto "who" in Russian. The pronouns on qu- in Latin share the same source.
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Postby gailr » Mon Apr 04, 2005 7:17 pm

I love this word, but part of the cell phone definition was inadvertantly omitted:
"Cell phone usage while driving an SUV is becoming more and more ubiquitous throughout the western world."

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Postby Iterman » Tue Apr 05, 2005 2:59 am

And shouldn't you add; "a handhold cellphone in a SUV with manual shift" and all will understand the road rage drivers of automatically shifted saloons with a handsfree phone feel.
Beg your pardon for my poor spelling and grammer.
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Postby Apoclima » Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:08 am

Keep cell phones as far away from your brain as possible!

Wymyn should not drive out of mere equality!

"Woman is no yust choffer!"

Keep your eye on the traffic on the road!

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