BL: airship, dirigible, zeppelin
Posted: 06 May 2017 05:35 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Eighty years ago today, 6 May 1937, the Hindenburg crashed at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. So I’ve added three words to the Big list today:

airship

dirigible

zeppelin

On a personal note, I grew up just down the road from Lakehurst and while it had occurred many years before I was born, the Hindenburg crash was still fresh in local memories during my childhood. I knew many people who had witnessed the disaster, and bits of the wreckage could still be seen and picked up if one visited the navy base. And even today, the giant airship hangar still rises high above the pine trees as you travel local roads.

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Posted: 06 May 2017 05:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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And, of course, I couldn’t create this thread without referring to this.

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Posted: 06 May 2017 06:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’m assuming you mean 1886 rather than 1986 in the zeppelin article, Dave

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Posted: 06 May 2017 08:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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” an zeppelin-type airship, and I always had it in my head that the word was related to rigid, “

Typo: ‘an’ instead of ‘a’.

Bit surprised to hear you say the above as dirigible follows a pattern seen in several English words. Neglect - negligible. Elect - eligible. Correct - corrigible.

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Posted: 06 May 2017 10:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Corrected and corrected.

Bit surprised to hear you say the above as dirigible follows a pattern seen in several English words. Neglect - negligible. Elect - eligible. Correct - corrigible.

Yeah, I had never really thought about it. I just connected the derigi- with rigid from an early age.

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Posted: 06 May 2017 11:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Thought for the day:  a greater fraction of the people aboard survived the Hindenburg disaster than the sinking of the Titanic (62 of 97 vs. ~710 of ~2224).

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Posted: 07 May 2017 05:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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That’s surprising and completely counter-intuitive.

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Posted: 08 May 2017 01:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Minor typo:

and the US Akron in 1933 (73 dead).

That should be USS Akron.

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