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Aggressive intelligence

You know, when I read the following sentence about periodontitis:

"It is primarily the result of a finite number of bacterial species within a complex biofilm on the subgingival surface of teeth." (Eley and Cox, 2000)

I can't help but think, "No, it really isn't". I can't be bothered going into why this statement is wrong in many ways, just take my word for it. This is what happens when dentists try to convince themselves that they are scientists.

In other news, I love archaic words which no-one uses anymore, but that they really should. Like fecundity, mucilaginous, and consortium. You folk are all smart - help me make a list of words to include (somewhere) in my thesis.

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taavi
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
squamous.
miss_rynn
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
love it! I'll do my best.
pollyanna_n
Oct. 18th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
Not archaic. Used EVERY day in medicine.

(as in squamous epithelium). We use it as a noun too - eg squames.

In fact I used it yesterday.
aeduna
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:35 am (UTC)
beholden
anon
miss_rynn
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
Beholden I should be able to do... anon will be harder.
aeduna
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
Shame, because its all the short anglosaxon words that are getting shoved out of our vocabularies. The longer forms (usually romantic in origin) sound more formal, and therefore end up getting used in formal writing, and slowly squeeze the older forms out.

How often will someone write assistance rather than help, for instance?
Required and not needed?
miss_rynn
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
I just found this one: "pusillanimous".
delwyn
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
churlish
conundrum
panacea

but try not to be too circumlocutious ;)

Dictionary.com's Word of the Day Archive should be quite handy too ;)
miss_rynn
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
Conundrum is easy. Panacea is theoretically possible. Churlish will be tricky.

As for circumlocutious - I'll do my damndest to get that in.
lukeii
Oct. 18th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
I'm sure you know the meanings, but I include them for completeness sake. These are archaic words that sound purty to me.

kine - cows
mote - may, might
rantipole - to behave in a romping or rude manner
thole - to bear; put up with; suffer
assay - Noun: Attempt. Verb: To attempt or to make proof of
aught - anything
bane - a cause of death/destruction
beck - a small stream
fie - for shame
forsooth - in truth indeed
forstraught - very perplexed
nonse - for this occasion only
weald - forest, wood
aeduna
Oct. 18th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
shew instead of showed
kythys
Oct. 18th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
I though it was 'nonce'?
lukeii
Oct. 18th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
I think either spelling is acceptable, considering it's an Archaic word anyway. :) Both have been used in the past.
fraerie
Oct. 18th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
squeamish, prognosticate, whimsy
aeduna
Oct. 18th, 2005 06:07 am (UTC)
swathe (or swath)
aeduna
Oct. 18th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
nascent
rincemaj
Oct. 18th, 2005 09:03 am (UTC)
consortium is archaic? dang, I gotta update my vocabulary, I use it all the time.
miss_rynn
Oct. 18th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
Well, maybe not archaic, but it is certainly one of those very specialised words one doesn't hear very often.
mareth_redorb
Oct. 18th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
Barky
Brisky
Nuncle
Obfuscate (while it is common for nerdy gamers to use this word, it's not generally found in everyday parlance)
Inveigle
Malfeasance
kythys
Oct. 18th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
concatenation - noun or verb, the state or act of linking things together in a chain.

Do your bugs go in chains?
pollyanna_n
Oct. 18th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
All those words are words we would use in veterinary science.
Fecundity definitely, mucilaginous sounds useful and I think I've heard it before, and I'm sure I'd use consortium if I knew what it was.

How's about verminous? Also something we would use.
Or averminous if you wish, which is what koalas are.
kythys
Oct. 18th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll bite. What's the difference between 'verminous' and 'averminous'? One's with and one's without?
designadrug
Apr. 19th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
eschew
combinatorial (common in my field)
cusp
esclandre - Unpleasant notoriety; an occurrence which gives rise to it; a disturbance, scene. (OED)


mrz80
May. 9th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
(Actually, I *am* a dork)
concordant
defenestrate
circumlocution
perambulation
sartorial
jocularity
fundament
talienan
Sep. 27th, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
I'm very late to the party, but how about "obviate". Even if the thesis done, it's still a handy word.
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