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Words Matter

Post by bystander » Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:28 pm

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Re: Words Matter

Post by Orca » Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:49 pm

I find this very interesting; I've noticed the same thing. Especially with the term "theory." It seems that many folks confuse the scientific application of the term with the more casual use in which theory is synonymous with guess or hypothesis.

Perhaps it was a disservice of scientists in the past to use the term "law."

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Re: Words Matter

Post by Beyond » Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:38 pm

Gee, i always thought that it was energy that 'mattered'. Oh-wait, when you speak, it takes energy, but the words that 'matter', go in one ear, pass through the low density field of decipherment, and on out through the other ear, into Oblivian. So it would seem that even though words 'matter', they just don't matter that much.
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Post by neufer » Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:20 pm

Beyond wrote:
Gee, i always thought that it was energy that 'mattered'. Oh-wait, when you speak, it takes energy, but the words that 'matter', go in one ear, pass through the low density field of decipherment, and on out through the other ear, into Oblivian. So it would seem that even though words 'matter', they just don't matter that much.
  • _______ Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Act 2, Scene 2

    Queen Gertrude: More matter, with less Art.
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Re: Words Matter

Post by Beyond » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:08 pm

Queen Gertrude wrote:More matter, with less Art
I guess she doesn't know the Quotidian Quotationist very well, does she :?: :lol:
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Re: Words Matter

Post by geckzilla » Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:56 pm

We should add the word "chemical" to this list. Man, every time I hear someone talk about chemicals, they seem to think that it can only mean something toxic or bad for you. Like it's some catch all word for any mysterious and probably bad, probably unnatural substance.
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Re: Words Matter

Post by bystander » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:24 pm

Yeah, like dihydrogen monoxide. :shock:
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Re: Words Matter

Post by geckzilla » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:29 pm

That's probably what they're putting in our water supply.
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Re: Words Matter

Post by BMAONE23 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:34 pm

geckzilla wrote:That's probably what they're putting in our water supply.
Click to play embedded YouTube video.
Interesting video though it begins with a falsehood
I noticed these low level rainbows back when I was a kid playing in sprinklers in the mid 1960's

But ... Yeah... we do need to be concerned about how much DiHydrogen-Monoxide they put in the water supply.
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Re: Words Matter

Post by orin stepanek » Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:01 pm

I noticed them back in the late 40's when they were watering the football field that was across the street from us. On hot days we would run through the sprinklers! :D
Shouldn't they be called sprinkler bows! After all; it isn't raining! :wink: :mrgreen:
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Re: Words Matter

Post by Beyond » Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:45 am

bystander wrote:Yeah, like dihydrogen monoxide. :shock:
After reading how dangerous dihydrogen monoxide really is, and that some are even now trying to get it banned in various places, i realized that there are many places around the world that have already had a ban in place for quite a long while. These are just a few--->Tanami, Gibson, mojave, Karakum, and Atacama. Atacama may have been the first one to ban dihydrogen monoxide, although it would have been called another name, way back then.
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Re: Words Matter

Post by bystander » Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:17 pm

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