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

Ricky
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Registered: 2005-12-04
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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..."

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

bobbym
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Registered: 2009-04-12
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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.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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

MathsIsFun
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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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