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Posted: 12 November 2012 04:30 AM   [ Ignore ]
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There’s a reason NASA uses jargon.

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Posted: 12 November 2012 05:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Based on this?

http://www.rupert.id.au/resources/1000-words.php

Why isn’t laptop on that list?

Or shit?

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Posted: 12 November 2012 05:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Except that “space” as used here and “space” as used in those contexts that make it one of the “ten hundred” most used words (interesting that “thousand” isn’t one of the thousand most used words, evidently*) mean two rather different things. Are “space”, “physical extent or area; extent in two or three dimensions” and “space”, “the physical universe (excluding celestial objects) beyond the earth’s atmosphere” the same “word”? Is “set” in all its many meanings just one “lexical unit”? (Runs away ...)

Edit: apparently it is, according to this - number 480.

[ Edited: 12 November 2012 05:07 AM by Zythophile ]
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Posted: 12 November 2012 05:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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What words make the list are very dependent on the corpus you use to compile the list. Different domains will have different sets of words. For instance, I suspect that this cartoon would not be nearly as much fun if they’d taken the 1,000 most commonly used words on the NASA public web site.

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Posted: 12 November 2012 06:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Quite. It would have been good if Randall had indicated which study it was based on.

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Posted: 12 November 2012 04:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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It’s a web comic, folks.  It’s not a scholarly treatise and he doesn’t have to cite sources.

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Posted: 12 November 2012 05:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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:-) Sometimes he does, though…

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Posted: 13 November 2012 03:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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So does Mallard Fillmore.

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Posted: 14 November 2012 12:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Faldage - 12 November 2012 04:30 PM

It’s a web comic, folks.  It’s not a scholarly treatise and he doesn’t have to cite sources.

Ah, but this is xkcd: we don’t want accusations of someone being wrong on the internet, do we?

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Posted: 18 January 2013 06:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Liked the comic? Use the editor! http://splasho.com/upgoer5/?i

EDIT: so it turns out Randall used this

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Frequency_lists/Contemporary_fiction

Which _does_ in fact have shit (@ 670) but not laptop.

[ Edited: 18 January 2013 06:54 AM by OP Tipping ]
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