I read that once, although never heard it anywhere. Also 'nanogram'. I
have usually (IIRC always) called # a number sign.
BTW, 1/60 of a second is called a third. IIRC, there was also 'solidus'
and 'virgule', names for a slash /.
Subdivision of the hour.
First is the minute (MI-NOOT).
Second is the second.
Third is the third.
Also, 1/18.2 of a second is a "tick" (not the parasitic animal kind).
I don't know about that, but I remember a "South Park" where a man was
yelling about not having an erection. His kid hears this and goes to
church where he hears about a res-erection. He thinks he can get one and
give it to his dad.
A comma is the deep sleep you fall into when you get hit on the head :-)
A "jiffy" tends to be about 10ms; a shake, 10ns.
An OhNoSecond is slightly shorter -- or longer, depending on your
personal reaction time!
If you do much fixed point math, you'd know that a Furman is 1/65536-th of
Beauty is measured in Helens while magic is measured in Thaums.
And, of course, everyone knows that a Smoot is 67".
And this one? ‽
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<grin> In school, my thesis advisor (an oriental -- non-native-English
speaker) went through my thesis painstakingly correcting every (erroneous)
"doubled consonant" that I had used.
Then, lectured me on the rules regarding same.
(did I mention *I* was the "native English speaker"??)
I simply <shrugged> and said, "When in doubt, I figure one MORE is better
than one LESS...".
As a result of that chastisement, I am now equally likely to double
when I shouldn't -- or fail to double when I *should*!
[Amusingly, some words I consistently get right -- e.g., dessert and desert]
Occasionally I spell occasionally as occassionally. (-: Sssss. I had to
develop a mnemonic - the word "Casio" is embedded in the correct spelling.
Fluorescent was much harder but breaks into Flu Ore Scent. Can't ask for a
handier mnemonic (well, it could actually make sense).
I had some trouble with "believe" until I thought about it having LIE in it.
BTW, when I use NOT in mnemonic devices, it's usually the r's-1
(radix-1) complement, so NOT 365 is 634 (note that each digit adds up to 9).
W is a semivowel. Vowels are "voiced" and produced with the vocal
tract "unobstructed". Voiced consonants build pressure above the glottis by
obstructing the vocal tract.
The "y" and "w" sounds are closer to vowels in their formation -- yet tend
to form syllable boundaries (think: beYond)
Ah! I tend not to have problems with ie (i before e, except after c
or when sounding like a as in neighbor and weigh). Of course, all
of these rules to cover exceptions themselves have exceptions! :>
When working on my speech synthesizer, it was frustrating to see just how
many exceptions there are to the "rules" we think we know -- but
actually have internalized and consciously forgotten!
E.g., think of the /w/ sound in:
I found that "of" is one of the most commonly encountered exceptions
(there's no /f/ sound in the word!)
It's called the "nine's complement". The ten's complement is obtained
by adding one to the nine's complement. In much the same way that the
one's complement ant two's complements are related.
In my case, I subvocalize: "no, it's NOT flour -- so it must be fluor";
"it's not 365 (days in a year) so it must be 356"
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