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At my work theres a guy who often mispronounces the names of things. Usually its nothing to bother with, but occasionally some unusual words are created by him.

Today he was talking with another coworker about Perpendicular Hard Drives, and the speed and storage benefits they have over older hard drives. However, not once did he use the word 'perpendicular' Instead, he came up with some new word.

Parapendicular.

This one's hard to break down, as perpendicular was borrowed from several different languages, originating as perpendiculum , being the line of a blumb bob. Finally I found the main root pendre, which means to hang. The prefix para has several similar-but-different meanings, I'm going to go with "beside, alongside of" for this word. So, here's my definition:

Parapendicular, adj. - hanging close to where it should be located

As such, that would make a 'parapendicular' hard drive one dangling in a computer case by the cables attaching to it without being secured. Haven't done that since my old 386 computer, but I had attached it with electrical tape too.

See? Using English is just that easy.


Date posted: 30 August, 2007
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