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#1 2009-08-06 10:36:22

Registered: 2005-12-04
Posts: 3,791

World's worst dictionary

Word: Definition

1. Recondite: Abstruse
2. Abstruse: Enigmatic
3. Enigmatic: Cabalistic
4. Cabalistic: Arcane
5. Arcane: Esoteric
6. Esoteric: Hermetic
7. Hermetic: Recondite

(This all started when I saw the definition of recondite including the word "abstruse")

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."


#2 2009-08-06 11:01:34

From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 84,598

Re: World's worst dictionary

Hi Ricky;

recondite: abstruse
abstruse : arcane
arcane : esoteric
esoteric: recondite

Found this going back and forth in 4 different online dictionaries.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.


#3 2009-08-06 11:50:49

Registered: 2005-01-21
Posts: 7,535

Re: World's worst dictionary

I think they are quietly demonstrating the abstruseness.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman


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