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Researcher Explores The Illogical Nature Of Language
2013-02-05 07:59:52

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When the philosopher and linguist Jeffry Pelletier first handed in his doctoral dissertation in the 1970s, he was unaware his obscure study of a grammatical oddity would eventually open up a new field of research. Now a professor at the University of Alberta, Pelletier argued in his original thesis that natural languages — unlike computer languages or mathematics — do not always accurately or logically describe the...


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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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