Athel Cornish-Bowden explained :
> On 2018-05-12 13:16:51 +0000, CDB said:
>> On 5/12/2018 6:49 AM, Madrigal Gurneyhalt wrote:
>>> Athel Cornish-Bowden wrote:
>>>> Peter Young said:
>>>>> Internetado <***@alt119.net.invalid> wrote:
>>>>>> Feynman diagram: (physics) A pictorial representation of the
>>>>>> interactions of subatomic particles, showing their paths in
>>>>>> space and time as lines, and their interactions as points where
>>>>>> lines meet. <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Feynman_diagram>
>>>>> That looks like two words to me.
>>>> To me too, but when Time, for example, announces its Word of the
>>>> Year, there are often, it seems to me, more than of word.
>>>> In this case I was more concerned with "of the day". Feynman
>>>> diagrams have been around for decades, and even if Internetado has
>>>> only come across them today that doesn't make them words of the
>>>> day. Words of his day, perhaps.
>> I wonder if the last part of his nym is the French "ado".
>>> Hypercritical or what? It simply means it's the word that the site
>>> is featuring that day. Would you also complain if the Dish of the
>>> Day at a restaurant was something for which the recipe had been
>>> around for 50 years?
>> Which site is that?
> Initially I thought Madrigal might have a point, but then I looked at various
> sites discussing "the word of the year", such as
>> “Selecting one word each year that embodies the previous 12 months is a
>> difficult task, which is one reason we surround it with a diverse shortlist
>> of friends.”
> There is no way the "word of the year" (a silly idea anyway, but one that
> appeals to journalists) would be a word that has been well known for 50
Why so? We've seen discussion of the OED and M-W word-of-the-year
entries, and I'm pretty sure that on occasion each of them has picked a
familiar word that has had a sudden increase in activity. The
increase of activity is the key, not the age.
Maybe C282Y is simply one of the hangers-on, a groupie following a
future guitar god of the human genome: an allele with undiscovered
virtuosity, currently soloing in obscurity in Mom's garage.
Bradley Wertheim, theAtlantic.com, Jan 10 2013