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#174272 - 03/06/08 07:58 AM Millier = "metric ton"  
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At least that's what http://www.freerice.com says. When I got to that word, I did not think any of the options were likely, and went with "hat-maker" thinking it was a typo for milliner. After it said "metric ton", I checked the OED online, and it offered only
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"Eng. regional (Cornwall).
An iron pivot on which a gate or a frame for washing ore turns.
1778 W. PRYCE Mineral. Cornubiensis 227 At the middle of the two ends are fixed two round projecting irons called Melliers, by which the frame hangs and turns as it were on an axis. 1882 F. W. P. JAGO Anc. Lang. & Dial. Cornwall, Mellier. 1895 J. THOMAS Randigal Rhymes 6 The hang-bow and millyer was all that was left of the gate. 1903 Eng. Dial. Dict. IV. 114/1 Milliar, millier."


Does anyone have source for miller as "metric ton"?

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#174274 - 03/06/08 08:33 AM Re: Millier = "metric ton" [Re: latishya]  
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Do you want the answer in American english, British English or just in British?

#174275 - 03/06/08 08:47 AM Re: Millier = "metric ton" [Re: latishya]  
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We use metric tons (except we spell it tonnes) but don't call them milliers as far as I know. It's not in the Heinemann Australian Dictionary, Collins Compact Australian or Macquarie Australian Dictionary.

#174276 - 03/06/08 09:07 AM Re: Millier = "metric ton" [Re: The Pook]  
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Likewise. Hence my confusion. Good game though, in more ways than one.

#174279 - 03/06/08 10:48 AM Re: Millier = "metric ton" [Re: latishya]  
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Hat-maker was my first guess, too, but that's milliNer. I think some of freerice's definitions are a little iffy, I wouldn't use it as great vocabulary building tool. One other example is organum which it defines as Gregorian chant. OK, some organum is based on Gregorian chant, but organum is polyphonic and chant is monophonic. Organum is a step beyond Gregorian chant.

Oh, and FWIW, millier

#174282 - 03/06/08 10:59 AM Re: Millier = "metric ton" [Re: Faldage]  
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Originally Posted By: Faldage
Hat-maker was my first guess, too, but that's milliNer. I think some of freerice's definitions are a little iffy, I wouldn't use it as great vocabulary building tool. One other example is organum which it defines as Gregorian chant. OK, some organum is based on Gregorian chant, but organum is polyphonic and chant is monophonic. Organum is a step beyond Gregorian chant.

Oh, and FWIW, millier


Thanks. I agree about the iffyness, and mentioned in my initial post that I thought "millier" might have been a typo for milliner. I made it to level 45 before that problem, and even with the errors, at least the game seems to do something worthwhile.

#174285 - 03/06/08 03:02 PM Re: Millier = "metric ton" [Re: latishya]  
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wull®, if you guys are going to nitpick on their def'ns, at least be up front and admit they had millier right; in U.S. law books until 1982, even though "obsolete now, was used in Britain to avoid confusion with the British long ton."

-joe (I think they're vigilant about removing typos) friday

#174287 - 03/06/08 04:11 PM Re: Millier = "metric ton" [Re: tsuwm]  
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Off topic, but Pook: I think someone stole your avatar.

#174301 - 03/06/08 11:32 PM Re: Millier = "metric ton" [Re: Hydra]  
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Originally Posted By: Hydra
Off topic, but Pook: I think someone stole your avatar.


I didn't change anything. Guess it has something to do with the difficulties the board has recently experienced. Have uploaded a new one. It's blueberry season here.


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