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#1 2009-08-07 08:36:22

Ricky
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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 2009-08-07 09:01:34

bobbym
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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 2009-08-07 09:50:49

MathsIsFun
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Re: World's worst dictionary

I think they are quietly demonstrating the abstruseness.


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