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Topic: Do you know(13)?
Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018 11:03:15 AM
Epiphileon wrote:
Ashwin Joshi wrote:
My endeavor is toattract the science lovers towards hitherto unknown facts.

So are you maintaining the Earth is a nuclear furnace as fact?

The processes that generate heat in the Earth are nuclear decay, and phase changes.
The contribution is mostly the nuclear part : ScientificAmerican, but calling it a nuclear furnace is putting too much emphasis on the source of energy, when so much energy is "bottled up" by the crust.
Topic: is required by law...
Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018 10:41:25 AM
I understand it as a tiny difference
The text as "is required by law", emphasizes that this is a procedural requirement. It is not a legal obligation on the King as a person or institution.
dropping "is" might imply that the King would be breaking the law- I don't know the context, but as far as I understand, the King could deny the request and still stay legal.
Topic: plenitude
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 8:50:43 AM
I wonder what the difference to plentitude (
both defintions refer to plenty, but neither is listed as a synonym of the other.
Isn't it possible to say "a region blessed with a plentitude of natural resources" (?)
Although I suppose it is wiser to say "a region with a lot of natural resources"
Topic: Australian Constitution Drama
Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 12:49:40 PM
There are countries (Syria is one) where the citizens cannot really rescind their citizenship.

There has been cases of young men visiting their relatives, and suddenly getting drafted in the army because the Syrian law claim they are Syrian, as they had a Syrian father.

(I am not from Syria, but it was a friend of mine who told me of the issue)
Topic: AI
Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 12:22:25 PM
AI is just a complex computer programme... Of course one should fear it.

A computer programme with a bug - or a rogue robot what's the difference.
As for the jobs:
Luddites fear for employment, and eventually they will be right just as Malthus will evenually be right (because of inabilty to improve on yield over a certain level)
Topic: smorgasbord
Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:49:13 AM
Smörgås is translatable as "Sandwich" inthe sence of piece of bread with something on. Never a pile of slices.
Bord means table, indicating a large variety and abundance of food.
Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:05:23 AM
There is also a general issue when you want to express sounds in a written form.
There are more sounds than the 26 in standard 'latin script' - but just cast a glance as to how phonetic writing is rendered
so there are several strategies, and one of them is to add letters
- which is why my native language uses 29 characters.
Old english used Þ and ð to express 'th' in The and with
which is the second method - use several letters to express a sound such as feeling as compaled to felling

the third method is to modify the sound - sometimes even to stress that the sound expressed by the letter is to 'as is'
these modifiers appear as accents or umlaut - or ... ( depending on the script language) .
and actually french uses strategy 2 and 3
example from a french homophone ( several words that sounds the same )
. le maire ( the mayor)
. la mère ( the mother)
. la mer ( the sea)
at least in writing you see we are speaking of three very different things - the gender of the word for mayor distinguishes between the two.

A Frenchman can reed sorry read text without accents. He/she will however be irritated by the time extra required to decipher the meaning.
Topic: il est grand
Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:30:35 AM
Hmmmm. I get a feeling someone is trying to get us to do some school assignment for them
Il est grand = He is tall/big

So possible questions could be:

Es-ce qu'il est petit? = Is he small ?
Topic: circumference
Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 2:39:01 AM
I would assume that perimeter is also a good synonym
from perimeter on this site:
1. Mathematics
a. A closed line bounding a plane area.
b. The length of such a line.
2. The outer limits of an area. See Synonyms at circumference.
3. A defended boundary protecting a military position
Topic: unfledged
Posted: Monday, October 9, 2017 6:19:06 AM
I am almost 100% certain the original meaning was
unfledged - (of an arrow) not equipped with feathers; "shot an unfledged arrow"

the reference to young flightless birds has become more common as as few are shooting arrows any more, but if you have tried to shot arrows with and without feathers you will have noticed the erratic flight of the unfledged one. They are not fit for the purpose of flying.

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