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This week's theme: words that have many unrelated meanings.
os (aws) noun [plural ora]
1. A mouth or an orifice.
os (aws) noun [plural ossa]
2. A bone.
os (oas) noun [plural osar]
3. An esker: a long, serpentine ridge of gravel formed by
a stream flowing in or under a glacial ice sheet.
It also appears as an abbreviation in many fields, including
-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)
"Naturally, the students couldn't resist testing the teachers' knowledge.
'You'd better slow down,' they would tell some unsuspecting pedagogue,
'or you might fall and break your os.'"
No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)
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