This week's post is super short (I was in the un- section). Despite being short, however, these have got to be some of my favorite words of the year.
Every now and then there is a week of reading that is especially interesting. This was one of them. There is a peculiar kind of joy in finding new words that make complete sense—but that make me realize I have never considered that thing, space, action, description, person, or period of time as an entity unto itself, worthy of its own name. For example:
Treelawn: the strip of lawn between the street and the sidewalk (although sadly, I think fewer and fewer treelawns actually have trees on them)
Tummler: an entertainer who encourages audience participation (as we saw Cirque du Soleil over the summer, this one was especially on my mind, as they did a very funny piece by choosing a woman to come up and interact with the tummler)
Tumulus: a mound over a grave (at least old graves? I don't see any mounds when we visit cemeteries, which, I admit, is one of my favorite places to walk around)
Ullage: the amount that a container lacks of being full (I'm sure if I were in shipping I would have known this)
Umbo: the rounded elevation at the center of a shield (useless, but interesting!)
I think I'm going to miss this.
Click here to read the article on Gigaom. I met astrophysicist Xavier Luri when I worked with him on an article for Atomium Culture. Nice guy. His work on the ESA Gaia mission shows how complex Big Data can get.
I will never be the same again after learning what a tragopan is. Watch: