Word, or not?

Not easy to tell, it seems. This may be a word, but it is uncertain. Though the inclination of the OED is against it, they still do not list it as a spurious word, though I will tag it thus because of the possibility.acremeObs.[An entry copied from Dict. to Dict. since 17th c.; its source … Continue reading Word, or not?

You must be out of your mind.

An interesting word, though I don't think occasions to use it would occur very frequently.acrasia, n.²Philos.The state of mind in which one acts against one's better judgement; weakness of will, ‘incontinence’. (Used esp. with reference to Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics VII.)

Catching up.

I fell behind there a bit over the past week or so. I plead illness. And reader indifference. No one comments, few read, so I figured it would be little missed if I took a brief hiatus. On the other hand, I hate to miss days, so I've caught myself up with some backdating. Enjoy.

‘Tis a far, far better word…

It's always fun to see the OED venture an opinion on what should have happened instead of what has happened.acquaintantObs.= ACQUAINTANCE 3; by which it has now been disadvantageously superseded; there has perhaps been some confusion between the pl. acquaintants, -ans, and the collective acquaintance.

Could it apply elsewhere?

I wonder if this word could also be applied to things other than the magnetic equator? I don't see why not.aclinic, a.Without inclination. Applied to the magnetic equator, or line surrounding the earth and cutting the terrestrial equator, on which the magnetic needle has no dip but lies horizontal.

Which what now?

The first proper noun, I do believe, that I have chosen so far. I'm not sure I quite grasp the principle, but it sounds good to me.Ackermann, n.[The name of Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), German-born coach-builder and publisher.]Used attrib. with reference to steering systems designed in accordance with the principle (the Ackermann principle) that in order … Continue reading Which what now?