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Craziest, wierdest science words

  1. Jul 30, 2005 #1
    What are quite possibly the MOST outrageously bizzare science OR math words or terms you have come to know??

    for me its Bordism because it reminds me of being "Bored". Kind of boring, I know. :wink:
     
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  3. Jul 30, 2005 #2
    "borborgymi" is the technical term for 'stomach growling'

    hard to think of any math terms that would be weird since i'm kind of used to them & they aren't really weird anymore. off the top of my head how about "ultrafilter"?
     
  4. Jul 30, 2005 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    The first time my very proper, Swiss Physics professor started in on canonical equations, I thought that either he was either drunk, or just mispronouncing the word, and meant conical equations.
     
  5. Jul 30, 2005 #4

    Gokul43201

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    Frivolous Theorem of Arithmetic - Almost all natural numbers are very, very, very large.

    The Law of Truly Large numbers - With a large enough sample, any outrageous thing is likely to happen (Diaconis and Mosteller, 1989)

    And this one is not really a science word (it belongs in philosophy or theology or watchamacallit), but I'm glad Ivan introduced me to it...

    paneity - the state of being bread.
     
  6. Jul 30, 2005 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    Yes, and a state I quite enjoy. :biggrin:
     
  7. Jul 30, 2005 #6
    Smegma. :yuck:
     
  8. Jul 30, 2005 #7

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    Ooooh, where to begin...!

    1. Bush
    2. Shaft
    3. Wankel
    4. Flange
    5. Gland
    6. Gusset
    7. Back-end Wetness
    8. Lubrication
    9. Butt Plug
    10. Flashing
    11. Slot
    12. Ram Rod
    13. Orifice Gauge
    14. Big End
    15. Nipples
    16. Thrust
    17. Head Loss
    18. Rear Entry Nozzle
    19. Good Lay
    20. Ring Expander
    21. Stiffness
    22. Truss
    23. Member
    24. Partial Wetting
    25. Backside Scratch
    26. 12-Inch Studs
    27. Cleavage
    28. Deep Penetration
    29. Drag
    30. Probe
    31. Hard Probe
    32. Touch Trigger
    33. Bladder
    34. Cock
    35. Double Entry
    36. Cavity Filling
    37. Flaps
    38. Nailing
    39. Chopper
    40. Lay Shaft

    Any more for any more?
     
  9. Jul 31, 2005 #8

    JamesU

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    ookkkayyy....


    pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

    because it's big :biggrin:
     
  10. Jul 31, 2005 #9
    Semi-latus rectum!
     
  11. Jul 31, 2005 #10

    honestrosewater

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    Here's one I just came across from linguistics: Cliticization - the phonological attachment of a morpheme to another word or morpheme. A clitic is a morpheme with a special status somewhere between an affix (prefix, suffix, infix) and a word. An example from English is the genitive (possessive) -'s. Unlike an affix, which attaches to members of certain word classes, a clitic attaches at a fixed point in a phrase, as in the king's castle, the King of England's castle, the King of England who was silly's castle. Contraction ('twas, I've) is another type of cliticization. Ah, cliticization. :cool:
     
  12. Jul 31, 2005 #11
    The Pfaffian, from mathematics. I find that word very amusing. No offence to the Pfaffs.
     
  13. Jul 31, 2005 #12

    honestrosewater

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    Say, where can I get one of those? For my friend... :blushing:
     
  14. Jul 31, 2005 #13

    robphy

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  15. Aug 1, 2005 #14

    matthyaouw

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    Geology words I quite enjoy (and get funny looks for saying in public).

    -Schist/schistosity
    -Cleavage, particularly slaty cleavage
    -Dykes/dyke swarms, particulary Scourie dykes (people tend to assume scourie is an adjective, possibly an offensive one)
    -Thrusting, piggyback thrusting.
     
  16. Aug 1, 2005 #15

    brewnog

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    I bet you like a big of slag too, eh?
     
  17. Aug 1, 2005 #16

    matthyaouw

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    Always, but thats not really appropriate discussion material for here. :wink:
     
  18. Aug 2, 2005 #17

    arildno

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    Grunt&gobble.
     
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