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    The Oxford English Dictionary: Using The Wrong Definition For Siphon Since 1911


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    There are still a lot of people who believe the Earth isn't flat!

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    Their definition for Sausage is wrong, and they still don't have "contrafibularities" listed.

    Or aspeptic, phrasmodic....



    Still not got it?

    "Dog" should be "Not a cat"
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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    ...Still not got it?

    "Dog" should be "Not a cat"

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    The article is still getting it wrong - they claim that gravity takes hold "Once the liquid has passed the highest point in the tube" but the liquid has to get to a point where there's more of it on the receptacle side of the tube than the source side - otherwise there's more force of gravity in the source side and it just gets sucked back down. Normally, when I'm racking homebrew wine, this means I've got to get the liquid level down below where the start of the tube in the current demijohn is.

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    There's something bitterly ironic about the Grauniad calling someone else out on poor use of the English language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    There's something bitterly ironic about the Grauniad calling someone else out on poor use of the English language.
    Link: The Grauniad [Twitter]

    Retweeting @guardian with misprints. Caution: this bot has no sense of taste or decency & will mangle reports of tragedies without compunction.

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