|05-12-2010, 02:51 AM||#1|
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Oxford Dictionary to correct 99-year old error
It turns out that in 1911 the Oxford English Dictionary misdefined the scientific principle behind how/why a siphon works. It is only now that the error has been brought to the editors' attention.
I see that the same error is made by dictionary.com
|05-12-2010, 03:20 AM||#2|
You kids get off my lawn!
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Better late than never.
|05-12-2010, 03:32 AM||#3|
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It took a century for this error to come to light? I wonder what other long overlooked errors are in there.
|05-12-2010, 04:05 AM||#5|
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People who know how a siphon works probably don't have to look it up. People who do have to look it up don't know how it works. So it took a while (99 years, apparently) for someone who knows how a siphon works but not how to spell it to look it up.
|05-12-2010, 12:51 PM||#6|
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Ha! This is awesome. Perhaps every subsequent definition of "siphon" was just copied from the Oxford 1911 edition.
|05-13-2010, 09:44 AM||#11|
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|05-13-2010, 09:48 AM||#12|
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|05-13-2010, 10:03 AM||#13|
Chocolate Grasshopper ...
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