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Wordsmith.org's words of the day this week were all short: dint, moil, guff, weft, quaff

I suspect at least "weft" has probably been mentioned though.


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Musth or must /ˈmʌst/ is a periodic condition in bull (male) elephants, characterized by highly aggressive behavior and accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones.

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Ooh, here's a good one: ked is a word used to refer to certain species of parasitic flies of the family Hipposcobidae. One of them, , is a common parasite of sheep, which is presumably how it has ended up with a common English name. The word is attested from the 16th century, and has a variant cade up to the 18th century; its derivation is unknown, according to the .

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If you cannot change your mind, are you sure you have one?

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I also missed twink and toon.

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sept - division of a family or clan in Celtic society

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Also a type of church in ASoIaF.

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Would 'form' count when its used to refer to the nest of a hare? I discovered this word today after translating the French 'gîte.'

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Never heard (or seen) anyone use "orr", but then I'm mostly in computer science, so "xor" is pretty established here. I guess that could also be a one-syllable word, although I don't know anyone who says it like that.

In computer science, we also have the somewhat special usage of tree, but that should hardly count. More special, however, is the word trie, which is a kind of tree, and supposed to be pronounced the same way... Most people pronounce it like "try" instead.

Role-playing games have a bunch of nerdy words - special words like larp, and words with special meanings like roll, save, check... Oh, and let's not forget grue.

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Kripke uses it as a concrete demonstration of (his interpretation of) Wittgenstein's rule-following considerations, framing them as a skeptical paradox. The problem is, if you have never added together numbers higher than 50, all your additions are compatible both with taking "add" to mean "mathematical plus" and with taking "add" to mean "quus". It may be that everyone asking you to add things together has really been meaning you to quus them all along, and you've been plussing them. It's only when we deal with numbers over 50 that we start to see that plus and quus are different, and the question arises of which rule we are meant to follow when we are told to "add", and we discover whether we have been following the same rule as everyone else. But more than that, in what way is it true that we have been quusing when they have been plussing, because in what have they following the plus rule rather than the quus rule? Not because of what they did, since what they did was compatible with both rules. And not because of what they thought, because it's possible that they never even considered what they would do when dealing with numbers over 50 (have you ever consciously considered how you would answer 547+789? Maybe you would answer '5'. You probably wouldn't, but that fact doesn't come from what you have consciously thought before about what you would do in this situation). And of course you can't try to explain by using other rules (like 'x+y means give the yth successor of x'), because those rules are themselves subject to the same ambiguities, and indeed in the case of mathematical rules are just restatements of the problem in other words ('the successor of x' is no less ambiguous than 'x+1').
So how are we ever able to learn, and use correctly and in the same way as everybody else, rules that cover an infinite number of different circumstances, when we can only learn from a finite number of circumstances, and when an infinite number of eventually-conflicting rules are compatible both with our finite experiences and with any attempt to describe the rule in language?

"Quus" isn't a very commonly used word in philosophy (nowhere near as common as 'grue', I'd wager), but people do still talk about it.

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karst - a type of landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum
tack - to change course by turning a boat's head into and through the wind
jibe - change course by swinging a fore-and-aft sail across a following wind

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Some relatively nontrivial Game of Life / general cellular automata jargon:
– ark (n.): any nontrivial combination of two (by backformation from a particularly fruitful combination initially named "Noah's Ark")
– ash (n.): the stationary periodic objects generated by a pattern that has "run its course"
– blonk (n.): an object that is either a or a
– rake (n.): a moving object that generates other moving objects
– tie (n.): a that can be decomposed into two or more contiguous still lifes

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An is a leftover scrap of food. The word may be derived from the English cognate of the German prefix Ur- added to a reduced form of the word eat.

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Quire:
- a gathering, section, or signature within a book: that is, a group of sheets of paper folded, typically sewn through the fold, and sewn or glued to the spine. In most bookbinding techniques, other than perfect binding, books consist of a series of quires

- a unit of quantity for sheets of paper. Quires can have 15, 18 or 20 sheets, but are more commonly 24 (old imperial/US unit and sometimes used for specialised papers) or 25 (modern metric unit) sheets. Quire length in turn defines ream length - the modern standard long ream is 20 long quires, whereas the short ream used with some specialty papers is 20 old quires. [A perfect ream, however, is 516 sheets - I don't know why)

- a unit of 80 pages used in blankbook binding

- a book(let) short enough to be printed as a single quire (i.e. gathering), or perhaps specifically 8 pages long

- an alternative spelling of 'choir' found in some of its more obscure uses, such as a division of a pipe organ.



yapp:
- an adjective found in the expression "yapp edge". A yapp edge is an edge of a limp cover that extends beyond the block.

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