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26-01-2019, 11:35   #16
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And most people who read that have just tried it.
Best tried in the school yard.

Or at the news desk.

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A barn is a unit of area.

100 square femtometres or 10 to the minus 28 meters squared
A Microbarn (10^-31 meters squared) is also known as an Outhouse and a Yoctobarn (10^-52 meters squared) is known as a Shed.
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A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time, it’s 1/100th of a second.
A moment is 90 seconds.
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"Be right back" is 5 minutes, at least.

"I'll be back in a minute" is 15 minutes.

"I'll be back in a few minutes" is 1 hour.

"We'll contact you shortly" is a week.

"your parcel is on its way" is up to 3 months.
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This is one of the best threads on Boards.ie, but the first post in the original thread has only received 8 Thanks to date.



Anyway, there are 7 islands that are divided by international borders.

Here they are:

The UK? Wales, Scotland and England?
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The UK? Wales, Scotland and England?

As they say on Pointless "And by 'country' we mean a sovereign state that is a member of the UN in its own right".


They are not International borders.
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"Presently" can mean both "Right away" or "In a while".
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"Presently" can mean both "Right away" or "In a while".
There are lots of great contronyms, or words that, depending on context, can have opposite or contradictory meanings.

Bound: Heading to a destination, or restrained from movement
Cleave: To adhere, or to separate
Peer: A person of the nobility, or an equal
Left: Remained, or departed

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I particularly love "presently" because a good few years ago we used to have a chap working with us during his summer holidays, he was very smart but also a smarty-pants when he wanted to be, so whenever he was asked to do something he'd answer "No problem, I'll do that presently".
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26-01-2019, 22:47   #25
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I particularly love "presently" because a good few years ago we used to have a chap working with us during his summer holidays, he was very smart but also a smarty-pants when he wanted to be, so whenever he was asked to do something he'd answer "No problem, I'll do that presently".
Reminds me of The Patrician in Discworld
'I shall deal with the matter momentarily,’ he said. It was a good word. It always made people hesitate. They were never quite sure whether he meant he’d deal with it now, or just deal with it briefly. And no-one ever dared ask.
- Terry Pratchett (GG)
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Just reading about the Venturi Effect there. Can that be applied to wind rushing between houses in an estate as well or am I understanding it incorrectly? I'm sure it is but nothing online except some skyscrapers in Malaysia being affected..
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‘And these are your reasons, my Lord?’
‘Do you think I have others?’ said Lord Vetinari. ‘My motives, as ever, are entirely transparent.’
Hughnon reflected that ‘entirely transparent’ meant either that you could see right through them or that you couldn’t see them at all.

- Terry Pratchett (TT)
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Just reading about the Venturi Effect there. Can that be applied to wind rushing between houses in an estate as well or am I understanding it incorrectly? I'm sure it is but nothing online except some skyscrapers in Malaysia being affected..
Yes. It’s one of the the reasons why you have lobbies in hotels, because the lobby breaks the air from rushing in once a door is open to the outside. Or using revolving doors also stops this from happening.

The venturi effect is essentially the velocity increasing due to constriction. The pressure drops but the velocity increases. It also applies to fluid dynamics.
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There are lots of great contronyms, or words that, depending on context, can have opposite or contradictory meanings.

Bound: Heading to a destination, or restrained from movement
Cleave: To adhere, or to separate
Peer: A person of the nobility, or an equal
Left: Remained, or departed
The classic Irish one being, “I will yeah!”
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A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time, it’s 1/100th of a second.
It's also (and I apologise for lowering the tone already) the name of an old brand of condoms.



A friend of my grandfather tried to relaunch the brand in the UK during the 1980's AIDS/HIV panic. His proposed slogan:

"Real Men Come In A Jiffy"
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