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BS: What do they call.....

Tig 24 Jun 05 - 06:05 PM
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Troll 24 Jun 05 - 06:46 PM
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Subject: BS: What do they call.....
From: Tig
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 06:05 PM

A discussion was held before the Dance of the Aglet thread as to just what they called the little plastic bits at the end of shoelaces.

Any more 'oddities' of a similar nature eg I know FC was muttering the proper name for that bit of your back that you can't reach to scratch...


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Firecat
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 06:10 PM

I was as well! The bit you can't reach to scratch on your back is called your acnestis.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 06:12 PM

The line across a lower case t is a tittle... the dot over the i or j is a jot.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Firecat
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 06:33 PM

That surprises me Liz! I got told the dot over the i is a tittle by the paper!


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Troll
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 06:46 PM

Thank you Liz! Now I can die happy.

troll








But I prolly won't


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 06:50 PM

Did you know that there is no proper name for the back of the knees?
I have that on good authroity from Reg Smeeton.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: CarolC
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 06:53 PM

There is no part of my back that I can't reach to scratch. So what's that called then?


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Troll
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 06:57 PM

Limber.

troll


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 07:05 PM

I was going to post "uvula" as a word many people don't know (though with musicians and singers, this groups is probably more conversant with the term than most). As is my wont, I went looking for a link to use with my answer, but I must say, the results were astonishing. It seems no one posts photos of "normal" uvulas, only abnormal ones, lacerated and mal-formed ones, and even pierced ones. Eeewwwwwww!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Noreen
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 07:14 PM

jot and tittle


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 07:16 PM

That's just sick. WTF were these people drinking way too much off when they did that?


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 07:16 PM

"... of..." Got to prof reed!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: sixtieschick
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 07:35 PM

Angle of repose = the spot where a stone stops rolling down a hill.

M.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 07:47 PM

Actually, the angle of repose is the "angle" of the hill face, which is determined by a number of factors, such as the gradation of the particles in the mix, including the stone... what?... well, no, not really... so, I'll just fuck off then, okay.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: sixtieschick
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 08:15 PM

Oh God, I'd better just shut up. It's a really good book by Wallace Stegner is what it is, fer sure.

M.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 08:34 PM

In English, we call wet nasal mucus "snot" and dried nasal mucus "boogers". Some languages don't have a specific word meaning "boogers". It's all just "snot", no matter what what the moisture content.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 08:53 PM

Hey sixties... just messin around darlin. But, if you really want to discuss the angle of repose, or local slip shear failure of slopes, or Mohr's circle, or Active Rankin Pressure in a... okay, I'll just fuck off then. Sigh... engineers never get the chicks.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: sixtieschick
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 09:25 PM

The Angle of Repose: The maximum slope or angle at which loose, cohensionless material remains stable. (Dictionary of Geological Terms, 3rd Edition, American Geological Institute)

Whew. Thank you, Google.

Thanks for the offer, Gnu. I'm flattered, really, but...


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: sixtieschick
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 10:02 PM

Jeez, I just can't get off this. So the angle of repose is the maximum angle before the rock begins to roll, right?

If so, can we move this thread to the music side?


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: bobad
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 10:18 PM

The angle of repose < the angle of tumescence.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: mack/misophist
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 11:03 PM

You want a weird one? How about frenulum?


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: GUEST,marks
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 11:16 PM

And any jot or tittle exceeding the angle of repose is the slip angle.
Now lets have a discussion of mean time between failures!
Mark
as always, you can find ANYTHING on Mudcat.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Amos
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 11:24 PM

A frenulum is a small spine-like lobe that projects from a moth's hind wing. This structure helps hold the hind wings and the fore wings together while the moth is flying. FRILLED LIZARD Chlamydosaurus (meaning "caped lizard") is a rare, modern-day frilled lizard native to New Guinea and North Australia. Its frill is 7 - 14 inch (18-34 cm) flap of skin that completely circles its head. It opens this brightly-colored frill to frighten enemies. Adults are over 8 inches (20 cm) long. These climbing lizards live in trees in humid forests and eat cicadas, ants, spiders

www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/rainforest/glossary/indexf.shtml


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 07:59 AM

Ah, now I get it sixties!! You'd fit right in with us engineers with a joke like that.

As you are, no doubt, well aware, for all practical purposes, the Angle of Repose (AR) is also the Angle of Internal Friction (AIF)in a loose cohesionless homogenous soil (material). It's most basic use is the computation of the height attainable for a given base width. Of course, not only does this then allow estimation of the total load and load distribution upon the supporting structure, but also leads to an estimation of the forces acting along the surface of the supporting structure. Given the AIF, the base width of the material, the unit weight of the material, and the coefficient of sliding friction (CSF) between the material and the supporting structure, we can estimate the tensile forces acting upon the supporting structure outward from the centre of the base of the material.

Briefly, given the AR and the CSF, obtained by simple measurements, we can easily estimate the vertical and horizontal loadings upon a supporting structure.

You may well ask, "Why is this of such importance?" Well, you can easily estimate the safety of a pile of material..... are you ready for it???... Sittin on the Dock of the Bay.

Now it's a music thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 12:29 PM

Who said us engineers don't have a sense of humour, eh? Oh, yeah, everyone. But, failure analysis is REAL fun. Not a waste of time, like...


SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY

Sittin' in the morning sun
I'll be sittin' when the evening come
Watchin' the ships roll in
Then I watch 'em roll away again
Yeah, I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay
Watchin' the tide roll away
Sittin' on the dock of the bay
Wastin' time

I left my home in Georgia
Headed for the Frisco Bay
I have nothing to live for
Look like nothing gonna come my way
So, I'm just gonna sit on the dock of the bay
Watchin' the tide roll away
Sittin' on the dock of the bay
Wastin' time

Look like nothing gonna change
Ev'rything still remains the same
I can't do what ten people want me to do
So I guess I'll remain the same

Sittin' here restin' my bones
And this loneliness won't leave me alone
Two thousand miles I roam
Just to make this dock my home
Now, I'm just sitting on the dock of the bay
Watchin' the tide roll away
Sittin' on the dock of the bay
Wastin' time

filename[ DOCKBAY
JY


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 01:55 PM

I feel the need to be pedantic beedubya - whilst American English may call hardened snot, boogers, over here, where we invented the language, we call them bogeys.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: lady penelope
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 01:56 PM

Bee-Dubya-ell - Whilst Americans refer to dried snot as "boogers" the British refer to this as "Bogies" (pr. BO-GEES).

TTFN Lady P.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 02:04 PM

How rude. We Canadians prefer "violins", as in, "What are doing? Looking for violins? Don't pick your nose, have a cookie."


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: heric
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 02:25 PM

The philtrum provides a pathway for snot failure.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: sixtieschick
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 02:27 PM

I LIKE Dock of the Bay.

Gnu, I worked my way through art school as a draftsman for a mechanical engineering firm. That was back in the daze before computer-generated graphics. Real T-squares and templates of toilets. Doesn't mean I understood a damn thing about what I was drawing. Yeah, the angle of repose sounds like an important thing to consider, esp. if your office is on the 54th floor of a building. Wallace Stegner used it as a metaphor in a fantastic novel by that name. It does have a poetic ring to it.

Three engineers were discussing the nature of God and his creation of human beings:

Industrial engineer: God is one of ours. Just look at the human body and the perfection of all its moving parts.

Electrical Engineer: No, God is one of ours. Just look at the human nervous system, how all those neurons fire and transmit signals perfectly.

Santiary Engineer: You're both wrong. God is one of ours. No one else would run a waste disposal pipeline through a perfectly nice recreational area.

NOW we can move this to the music side. It's drrriiifffftttinnnggg anyway.

M.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Firecat
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 02:34 PM

Getting back to the original title of this thread....

The unit of beauty is the Millihelen, which is enough to launch a single ship.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: heric
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 02:47 PM

An anchor is a bolus of low moisture content mucous surrounded by a layer of more viscous mucucous, such that it cannot be apprehended either by the palmar surface of the fingertip or the fingernail of any digit.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Amos
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 02:47 PM

And the frequency of the milli-helen?

We're onto something important. No other unit known to engineering has such an efficiency factor.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: DMcG
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 02:53 PM

Efficent, perhaps, but since its only once every 4000 years or so that the energy level builds up to one helen, its not much use as a pwer source, I'm afraid.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 03:37 PM

Yes sixties... those were the good old daze. Now, I can take a multi-million dollar project from concept to completion by myself... just me and my ever-ready... computer... and sixteen hour days... ain't progress just fuckin great? Only one problem. Even though ten jobs were eliminated, my pay didn't increase, even with the doubling of my hours!


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Don Firth
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 04:04 PM

How about "give-a-shit" as a measure of concern. As in, "my concern can be measured in micro-give-a-shits!"

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 04:12 PM

Speaking of the old daze, at the risk of defiling a perfectly (practically) decent thread with a real (ahem) engineering joke... a REAL OLD one.....

Engineer vs mathematician in a race (males, of course, as the joke is THAT old). Constraints : each time the whistle is blown, contestants can only advance to the halfway point between their position and the finish line, at which, lies a naked, voluptuous maiden (ditto).

At first whistle, the engineer dashes to the first halfway point while the mathematician rolls on the ground laughing. When asked why he is not competing, the mathematician replies, "Any true scientist knows that if you only advance halfway on each leg of the journey, you will never reach the journey's end! It's simple mathematics!"

When the engineer is asked why he is competing, given the logic of the mathematician, the engineer replies, "For all practical purposes, I'll get close enough to end the journey."

With apologies to Dr. Ira M. Beattie, Professor Emeritus, UNB for my liberties with his original joke, upon which the above is based. OK, I'll F off now.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: sixtieschick
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 05:21 PM

Forsooth, sir, you wound me. That joke came from the lips of Garrison Keillor Himself on A Prairie Home Companion's annual "Pretty Good Joke" show.

Drafting is obsolete, and everything I learned in art school that could possibly earn me a living, such as type spec-ing and hand-done color separation, became obsolete two years after graduation. Howevuh, just this very week those TOILET TEMPLATES came in mighty handy for sketching the finials--or is that cupolas--(some architect is gonna post on this thread and make me feel stupid again, I just KNOW IT) on the tops of Venetian domed churches for a painting I'm doing.

M.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: sixtieschick
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 05:25 PM

Finial.
Now there's a great word. Probably too common, though.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 06:07 PM

Well, as much as I have enjoyed his novels, he sure as hell did not write that joke. Ira, rest his soul, stole it from an engineer that lived long before either of them.

"Finial"... hehehe. As a contract admin officer, I use to tell a few jokes about that one. Especially about the architects. The "finial" screw in the coffin, and the like. I'm tellin ya... we engineers crack each other up.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 06:19 PM

Stupid? No, my dear!!! Finial IS proper. Besides, architects are just frustrated artists with a lot of money for "schooling" whose careers revolve around asking engineers to figure out how to do wierd things and then taking credit for the results.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 06:39 PM

Or it may be the other way round....

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 07:03 PM

Not according to my paycheck, when the fuckers feel like paying.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: sixtieschick
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 07:15 PM

I meant the joke I wot wrote, which someone unkindly implied was not a "real" engineer's joke. And, uh, it wasn't. Keillor. Pretty Good Joke show. ppfffttt.

Even "finial" is a nudge-nudge-wink-wink? Where have I been? Or what are they putting in the water in Canada these daze?


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 07:37 PM

Oh oh. Apparently, you have mistaken my posts. I thought I was bridging a connection, not alienating you. I shall definately fuck off, post haste, before I am formally told to do so... through no fault of my own, intentionally, or otherwise.

BTW, you brought up "finial". Now, look it up, before you tar me.

gbyegnu


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: Don Firth
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 07:46 PM

Know whatcha mean, sixties. I used to work for Boeing as a production illustrator (sorta like a draftsman—or is that "draftsperson" now?). In the back of a closet somewhere I have a suitcase full of things like a couple of T-squares, triangles of various sizes and configurations, French curves, ship's curves, templates of various kinds (circles, ovals, odd shapes), lead holders (with a lifetime supply of leads of various grades), Rapid-o-Graph pens (I think I forgot to clean them after I left, so they're probably clogged beyond repair), and things too fierce to mention. There were 125 of us in the production illustration department. Now, the whole schmeer is done by about twelve people with computers (CAD).

In 1983 I got my first computer (KayPro II) complete with WordStar. For several years there I was one of the few people around who could operate a word processor. In 1986, I got a job as a technical writer on that basis. They wanted everything submitted on disk (5¼" floppies), and I was one of the few people they could find who could write on a computer. Now everyone and her brother's pet chicken can operate a word processor.

Well, anyway. The high point of my production illustration career is that the 727-200 #2 engine firewall (the #2 engine is the one the top of the fuselage and under the vertical stabilizer) is mine. I did the engineering drawings for that.

Leonardo da Vinci, eat your heart out!!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: sixtieschick
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 08:48 PM

Apologies for any testiness, Gnu. Not intended towards you. It's been a very rough day here in paradise, and the friendly banter on this thread has kept me going. Many thanks.

Miriam


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: gnu
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 09:21 PM

No worries sixties... I wasn't messing with you. Joke... yeah. Mean? no. I don't do that. I might be an eng'nearly, edumacated at UNB (You Need Brains), but I am a gentleman, first and foremost. Don't never mean no harm, except to them that deserve it. And then, I don't beat around the bush.

Minds me of my company name... AAE Services Ltd. Now, I've got lots of explanations for the AAE. Architectural & Engineering Services someday, maybe. But, in the meantime, Anything & Everything for a Buck, and a dozen more. The best one was coined by an elderly engineer buddy at Transport Canada - Air Division, where I spent about six years... he said it was "Almost An Engineer Ltd."!!

He's 'almost' right.

I hope your rough day turns out better in the end.

gnightgnu


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 26 Jun 05 - 12:10 AM

This came up today. What do you call the metal things that you set a pan on when cooking? They come between the pan and the burner.


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Subject: RE: BS: What do they call.....
From: SharonA
Date: 26 Jun 05 - 01:07 AM

Today I came across a definition of the word "vestibule" of which I was previously unaware:

"Any of various bodily cavities especially when serving as or resembling an entrance to some other cavity or space: as a (1) : the central cavity of the bony labyrinth of the ear (2) : the parts of the membranous labyrinth comprising the utricle and the saccule and contained in the cavity of the bony labyrinth b : the space between the labia minora containing the orifice of the urethra c : the part of the left ventricle of the heart immediately below the aortic orifice d : the part of the mouth cavity outside the teeth and gums."

Wow, the human body has lots of lobbies!


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