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vkhu
Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 4:02:50 AM
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They passed through the town’s nuclear main square.

This is just a simple small town in America. There's no nuclear technology (it was the 40s) or anything of the kind within the story. The term nuclear main square wasn't given any special attention, and was not brought back up again at all throughout the book.

So what kind of square is a "nuclear" one?
thar
Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 5:04:25 AM

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What does 'nuclear' actually mean? Where did the word come from before atomic weapons were invented?
It is nuclear power, or nuclear weapons, because it is energy from inside an atom, not a chemical reaction. Changes in the nucleus of the atom.

- the nucleus of an atom, where all the mass, protons and neutrons are found, in the middle of the atom.
In biology, the nucleus of the cell is the part where the DNA is located.

The square is the nucleus of the town.
So what is the relationship of a 'nuclear' town square to the rest of the town simply in terms of the layout of the town, its location?
vkhu
Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 5:17:38 AM
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Would that be the center of the town then?
thar
Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 5:20:08 AM

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Yes, exactly. It is just describing a very simple town layout. If you want to go anywhere in town, you probably go through the square to get there. If it is America it is probably straight streets on a grid, as well.
vkhu
Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 6:32:05 AM
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That's a strange way to describe it. Is this usage still prevalent, or is it a dated thing now?
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 7:19:39 AM

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Nuclear is stil used to mean the core or centre of something.

An example is the term Nuclear Family considered by some in Western cultures to be the core family unit.



I lack the imagination for a witty signature.
thar
Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 8:14:36 AM

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But to be fair, the word 'nuclear' has such strong associations with radiation, even when it is used in other ways, it is hard to get rid of that first impression.


It just cries out to be made into a pun.





Just so long as you pronounce it 'nuclear'.
Not 'nucular', as seems to be so prevalent. Nuke-u-la? What, like spud-u-like? d'oh!


Enunciate, people. Is that word really so hard to say? Whistle

coag
Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 3:35:46 PM

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thar wrote:
Just so long as you pronounce it 'nuclear'.
Not 'nucular', as seems to be so prevalent.

Indeed, 'nucular' is so frequent nowadays. I am afraid 'nuclear' may fall into Bolivian. Heaven forbid.
NKM
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I can't Belize you said that!

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