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Words of the Week (well last week)

bifurcate

Pretty neat way of saying to divide in to (two) parts.

It is used in a variety of disciplines:

In Law- To bifurcate is the decision to spilt one case in to two separate trials so that one part can be finalised before moving on to the next part of the case. So if we think about a situation at a school: a child has accused their classmate of pouring some lemonade on them. Without bifurcation- both the accused and the prosecutor will be brought before a teacher and discuss what happened, (why) and what to do next. This could lead to a lot of arguing between the two children, where one may say that the prosecutor is lying or that it was an accident. Thus to then sort out some sort of compensation or punishment could be complicated. The defendant may say that they doesn’t deserve a punishment as they didn’t do it or say there is no evidence to back up the prosecutors argument. With bifurcation- the teacher would have two separate meetings, where they discussed what happened and then to sort out compensation and punishment. This means that what happened would be finalised so less negotiation would take place when sorting out the outcome.

In maths- it’s complicated and I don’t particularly understand much of it. If you don’t understand something, NEVER EXPLAIN IT! That is against the human code, and probably the bro code.

Rivers and Lakes- when a river splits in to two. These are normally temporary as the water in the separate channels will erode through the material that separates them eventually. Bifurcation lakes are lakes which have outflows in to two drainage basins.

Derivation:

From Medieval Latin, “bifurcatus” (having been divided). This is the perfect passive participle (yeah, Latin is useful sometimes) of the verb “bifurcare” (to divide), which is from the adjective “bifurcus” (two-pronged) from the prefix “bi-” (two) and “furca” (fork).

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Words of the Week

Dilletante“- a dabbler in a field or skill, someone with an amateur or superficial interest in something.

Derivation– from Italian: present active participle (yes I have being doing Latin for much too long) of “dilletare”, the participle meaning “lover of the arts” and the verb meaning “to delight”. “Dilletare” in turn comes from the Latin “delectare”, which means the same.

Synonyms include “smutterer” and “sciolist” from the Latin (diminuitive) “sciolus” ,which bears the same meaning as sciolist, from “scious” (knowing) from “scire” which is the verb “to know”

This word is my favourite, because it practically sums me up.

Now here is the star of the week for all you science people out there…..(drum roll, if you please)

Differential Equation“-an equation which relates a variable that changes over time to its rate of change. Now I am simply a dilletante (get it?) in the field of all science and maths but I will try to give an example..please do correct me if I am wrong….(I just hope my pure maths, PhD in maths brother never reads this..)(ellipses are gooood aren’t they…)(bracket-mania again sorry folks.)

My example is VELOCITY AND ACCELEERAATTTTTIIIIIOOOONNN (that is quite picturesque, is it not?), so velocity is the variable that is changing over time, and its rate of change is acceleration. The  equation is dv/dt= a. Cool beans. Calculus is cool, I like calculus. I don’t like graphs but I like calculus, thanks Democritus for starting it off.

Hasta el proximo post (yeah I know that it was bad spanish)

I’M GOING TO VAMPIRE WEEKEND

Words can literally not describe my complete joy and excitement. asdfjhdjfhsdfkjhdflakjsdf (According to danisnotonfire that is TRUE internet slang) <——this is how I feel right now. I mean wow, I know that there is no real purpose to this little post, no argument or essays (like those to come) but what the hey…it is Vampire Weekend. Oh lordy, I think I will cry when I see them- well that’s one more thing to tick off of my bucket list (next is Beyonce!) but never fear it isn’t like I am old yet- although I am closer to 30 than to 10….

But vampire weekend, they manage to balance great music with lyrics that aren’t always about sex, bitches, money, drinking and/or partying (which, very unfortunately is what most popular songs are about now e.g. Miley Cyrus‘ absolutely abominable new song, every Nick Minaj song and most Flo Rida songs- anyone notice how he just sings in a monotone?) . Although I can’t say that I understand all of their songs, most of them mean something to me in their own way (going deep) and their videos don’t have half naked women prancing around men, which is more than I can say about Robin Thicke who has basically created a porn video.

BUT

I don’t like them just because they seem a little intelligent and don’t flow with the status quo (rhyming genius, yes yes), it’s because their music is just- I can’t describe it, it’s that good. The drums in Cape Kwod Kwassa Kwassa are magic, the base in Campus is eargasmic and the vocals in just about every song is ahsdkfkadfdkjf.

So yeah just a little excitement from me, so sorry about the really bad grammar….

Hasta luego

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