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by cam
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Petrify
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Re: Petrify

Overheard at a national convention of academics: department chairman: "You complain about deadwood in your department. But I've got a whole petrified forest!"
by cam
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Noel
Replies: 0
Views: 532


I remember that in England (1968, East Sussex) the spelling "Nowell" was not uncommon.
by cam
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Kakistocracy
Replies: 1
Views: 355

Re: Kakistocracy

That also explains cacophony for me: bad sound. Thanks.
by cam
Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Defenestrate
Replies: 12
Views: 14942

Re: Defenestrate

Historical note: The act described happened in 1618 and started the Thirty Year's War according to the Wiki, and was the second defenestration of Prague. The first was in 1419 and occurred when a demonstration of early protestant religious reformers--Hussites--had a stone thrown at them, and under t...
by cam
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: Hypotenuse
Replies: 3
Views: 899

Re: Hypotenuse

Just a note about the mathematics: Neither the hypotenuse of a right triangle nor its area determine the other. The data given: hypotenuse = 25, area =150 imply that the other two sides of the triangle are of length 20 and 15. However, in general, a triangle with hypotenuse 25 may have any area betw...

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