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There is a word for that!

 
 
Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 15 Feb, 2010 03:58 pm
@George,
I've been told that there is video--although i've not seen it myself.
George
 
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Reply Mon 15 Feb, 2010 04:03 pm
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:

I've been told that there is video--although i've not seen it myself.

Audio, too.
But I can't understand it.
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McTag
 
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Reply Mon 15 Feb, 2010 04:13 pm
@George,

Quote:
The use of nominal in aerospace has nothing to do with names, nouns, or
interest rates. It does, however, have to do with small or trivial deviations
from a planned performance.

The use of nominal in aerospace generally means that a test, rocket launch,
satellite deployment, etc. is going within previously determined limits and
can still be expected to come to an acceptable outcome. If all continues as it
has been going, the test will demonstrate that the item under test will work as
expected; the rocket will achieve the proper orbit; the satellite's solar arrays,
antennae, etc. will open. The rocket is where it is supposed to be and going as
fast a it should this long after launch, the thrust is correct, and success is
expcected.

When the announcer of a rocket launch says that everything is nominal, she
really means that the flight is going normally, or as expected, so far. The
announcer remains calm throughout the flight, even if it ends with an
explosion, perhaps calling an obvious disaster an anomaly.


So there you have it. Pick a word, re-define it in not less than three paragraphs, and offer it to the public.

Really sensible.
JTT
 
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Reply Mon 15 Feb, 2010 04:22 pm
@McTag,
My guess, McTag, is that you're pulling a linguistic leg or maybe a couple of them.

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McTag
 
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Reply Mon 15 Feb, 2010 04:31 pm

I'm off to bed soon.

But before I go, I have decided to reassign "bed" to mean "a 48-hour party with showgirls, celebrities, sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll"
JTT
 
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Reply Mon 15 Feb, 2010 04:33 pm
@McTag,
Quote:
But before I go, I have decided to reassign "bed" to mean "a 48-hour party with showgirls, celebrities, sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll"


At your age, such an escapade might not give you time to make it stick in the language. Good night, sleep tight between boinks and snorts, McTag.
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George
 
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Reply Mon 15 Feb, 2010 09:37 pm
@McTag,
McTag wrote:


I'm off to bed soon.

But before I go, I have decided to reassign "bed" to mean "a 48-hour party with
showgirls, celebrities, sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll"

Abnominal
JTT
 
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Reply Mon 15 Feb, 2010 10:08 pm
@George,
Quote:
Abnominal


McTag is going to have BP Bear over for a night of adnominaling and ubernominaling.
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George
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 08:12 am
Another word I was unfamiliar with previous to working at this place is
"azimuth". I must have come across it in geometry, but if so, I'd totally
forgotten it.

It's fun to say it with a lisp.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 08:14 am
Azimuth is a word which was invented to torment adolescent midshipmen attempting to learn navigation in the era of sailing ships.
George
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 08:37 am
@Setanta,
What is the azimuth of this isthmus, Mister Christian?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 08:40 am
Very good . . . not many people know that Fletcher Christian was a midshipman.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 08:42 am
@McTag,
McTag wrote:
Nominal" on its own conveys no such meaning, except perhaps to the insiders of this particular dialect usage.


It's been a bit odd reading along on this nominal digression, as nominal in the "close enough" sense is standard usage here. Perhaps there are more insiders than outsiders on this issue.
Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 08:43 am
I saw a book at the Goodwill yesterday that i didn't pick up, but i should have. It was an account of the Bounty mutiny by William Bligh.
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George
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 08:55 am
Another bit of wordly silliness from the Widget factory.

At a meeting about performance reviews, our boss informed us that there
would be more gradations. The example he gave was for the rating "Fully
Competent". Now there are "low", "mid" and "high" levels of "Fully
Competent".

I asked my boss, "What part of 'Fully' don't they understand?"
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 10:13 am
@George,
nominally competent
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JTT
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 10:33 am
@ehBeth,
Quote:
It's been a bit odd reading along on this nominal digression, as nominal in the "close enough" sense is standard usage here


You are obviously as nutty as George and his coworkers.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 10:49 am
@JTT,
I guess it's a whole nutty globe.

I'm ok with that.
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George
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 10:53 am
@JTT,
JTT wrote:

. . . You are obviously as nutty as George and his coworkers.

George? Nutty?
Where on earth did you get that idea?
His coworkers on the other hand are obviously Loony Tunes.
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wandeljw
 
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Reply Sat 20 Feb, 2010 02:15 pm
Slot machines encourage compulsive gamblers to keep feeding money with frequent small payouts and occasional medium-sized payouts. This tactic is referred to as "intermittent reinforcement."
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