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Posted: 16 February 2015 12:07 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Came across this word which is not known (i.e. has no definition for) by MW or OED or Wordnik or Wiki Dictionary.

Found it in a Slate piece on pictures taken by Rosetta of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Under the first large picture it says Click to encomaenate. What seems to happen when I click on the picture is that it appears full size with the ability to navigate around the picture. So I suppose it has to do with making it full size and search around it, sort of like google maps.

It seems to show up on astronomical sites, so this would be a slow ball for Dave or Dr. T or LH.

I’d love to know the etymology of this word, but most of all, I’d love to know the meaning.

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Posted: 16 February 2015 12:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I think you’ll find the answer here:

http://translate.google.co.za/translate?hl=en&sl=pt&u=http://caio.ueberalles.net/log/2014/02/28/verb-plaiting/&prev=search

Further reading on the subject:  http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tomchiversscience/100178319/a-noble-heart-embiggens-the-smallest-planet/

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Posted: 16 February 2015 01:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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OP Tipping - 16 February 2015 01:48 PM

From that first link:
“Well, he writes the Bad Astronomy and turns and moves put amazing images related to space and something he usually write captions for those images. ”

Edit: I see now it is the output of Google Translate.

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Posted: 16 February 2015 01:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Posted: 16 February 2015 02:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Ha! Embiggen I’ve heard. Kinda cute. the others are purposely misleading. Now I think I understand the game.

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Posted: 16 February 2015 05:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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As you say, it’s a game Plait plays.  Although the terms he creates usually have no prior existence, they are often analyzable.  In this case, comae is the plural of coma, the Latin word for hair (in the mass, not an individual strand) and the term used to refer to the diffuse parts (as distinct from the nucleus) of a comet (derived from a Greek word meaning “hairy star”, and sharing the same root as coma).

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Posted: 17 February 2015 04:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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IIRC, embiggen was the first of the words Plait used. (Embiggen originally appeared on The Simpsons and has a life beyond Plait.) After embiggen began to grow stale, he started inventing others.

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Posted: 17 February 2015 12:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Dave Wilton - 17 February 2015 04:02 AM

IIRC, embiggen was the first of the words Plait used. (Embiggen originally appeared on The Simpsons and has a life beyond Plait.) After embiggen began to grow stale, he started inventing others.

I was going to say that embiggen was unusual in that it appears to double dip somewhat, having both the em- and the -en.

But a bit of list searching has shown me there are at least three other similar case in proper English: enliven, enlighten and embolden.

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