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Postby William Hupy » Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:39 am

Any ideas on how this word slid from bedpost in Latin to its current meaning?
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Re: fulcrum

Postby Slava » Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:55 pm

It hasn't gone all that far, really. A bedpost is the support for the bed. A fulcrum is what supports the lever.
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Re: fulcrum

Postby William Hupy » Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:02 pm

So the ancient Romans slept on teeter totters?
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Re: fulcrum

Postby Slava » Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:11 pm

William Hupy wrote:So the ancient Romans slept on teeter totters?

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I think they probably had four fulcrums.
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Re: fulcrum

Postby Philip Hudson » Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:46 am

Archimedes said, "Give me a fulcrum, and I shall move the world," or words to that effect.
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Re: fulcrum

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:02 pm

And a really long, strong lever!
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