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Jul 12, 2023
This week’s themeSkunk words (words to avoid) This week’s words reflexive nervy mathematical moot mosey
The Sun rising in the east tomorrow: mathematical, def 2
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A giant asteroid hitting tomorrow: mathematical, def 3
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with Anu Gargmathematical
PRONUNCIATION:
MEANING:
adjective: 1. Relating to mathematics. 2. Absolute or certain. 3. Possible, but highly improbable. ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin mathematicus, from Greek mathematikos, from mathema (learning,
science), from manthanein (to learn). Ultimately from the IndoEuropean
root mendh (to learn), which also gave us
chrestomathy,
philomath,
and opsimath.
Earliest documented use: 1475.
USAGE:
“By March, through superior voter targeting and organization, his
nomination had become a mathematical certainty.” Tom Rosenstiel; Shining City; HarperCollins; 2017. “There’s also a mathematical chance at a fourway tie, but let’s not get too worked up yet.” Michael Fornabaio; Many Contributors Helping Yale Challenge for Ivy Football Title; New Haven Register (Connecticut); Nov 9, 2021. See more usage examples of mathematical in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary. A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less
obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no
solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are
no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.
R. Buckminster Fuller, engineer, designer, and architect (12 Jul
18951983)


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