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Re: Word of the Day

Postby DavidH » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:11 pm

Purpura
-noun pl.

the appearance of red or purple discolorations on the skin that do not blanch on applying pressure

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Re: Word of the Day

Postby DavidH » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:24 pm

Roy Hunter wrote:Bubarty
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a W-w-welsh m-m-moderator with a st-st-st-, a st-st-st, a speech impediment.


Sounds more like a tiny village on Muckle Grabba, struck by the bubonic plague. :haha:

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Re: Word of the Day

Postby PKMKII » Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:31 pm

barratry
–noun
1. fraud by a master or crew at the expense of the owners of the ship or its cargo.
2. the offense of frequently exciting and stirring up lawsuits and quarrels.
3. the purchase or sale of ecclesiastical preferments or of offices of state.
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Re: Word of the Day

Postby PKMKII » Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:05 pm

paraquat
–noun
a toxic herbicide, C12 H14 N2 ⋅ 2CH3 SO4, applied to food and flower crops and to highway borders as a defoliant and weed-killer.
"How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, 'This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant. God must be even greater than we dreamed'? Instead they say, 'No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.'" - Carl Sagan

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Re: Word of the Day

Postby daftbeaker » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:00 pm

PKMKII wrote:paraquat
–noun
a toxic herbicide, C12 H14 N2 ⋅ 2CH3 SO4, applied to food and flower crops and to highway borders as a defoliant and weed-killer.

Erm, that formula looks wrong to me. Paraquat (I am reliably informed by google) is a bipyridyl chloride, not a sulfate. That formula looks impossible, it looks like it's counting the methyl groups in the main structure and the adduct.

It should be C12 H14 N2 SO4 or in the notation you used C10 H8 N2 . 2(CH3) SO4 which is messy, it doesn't show if there's one sulfate or two.

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Re: Word of the Day

Postby PKMKII » Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:25 pm

Yeah, I would entirely believe that the dictionary site isn't giving an accurate representation of the chemical formula.
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Re: Word of the Day

Postby Tigger_the_Wing » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:11 am

Paraquat

Chemical structure

    Chemical name:

    1,1'-DIMETHYL-4',4'-BIPYRIDILIUM DICHLORIDE

    Formula (C12 H14 N2 CL2)

    Molecular weight 257.16

The term Paraquat applies also to

    1,1'-DIMETHYL-4',4'-BIPYRIDILIUM DIMETHYLSULPHATE

    Formula (C12 H14 N2 CH3 SO4)2)

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Re: Word of the Day

Postby daftbeaker » Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:07 am

Whoops, my fault, I was misinterpreting the way PKMKII's definition presented the formula :blush: That'll teach me to try and interpret formulae when I'm tired.

Tigger_the_Wing wrote:The term Paraquat applies also to

    1,1'-DIMETHYL-4',4'-BIPYRIDILIUM DIMETHYLSULPHATE

    Formula C12 H14 N2 (CH3 SO4)2)

Fixed, although I'd prefer to represent it CH3OSO3 to show it's a sulfate ester. I'm confusing myself with stupid text representations of molecules now :idiot:
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Re: Word of the Day

Postby gronank » Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:03 am

^That sounds like me when I'm having a cold.
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Re: Word of the Day

Postby DavidH » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:10 pm

db wrote: one sulfate or two
no thanks, just milk.

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Re: Word of the Day

Postby PKMKII » Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:22 pm

spindrift
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spray swept by a violent wind along the surface of the sea.
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Re: Word of the Day

Postby pieces o'nine » Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:15 pm

spindrift
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Helplessly watching one's political 'message' jump the fences.
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Re: Word of the Day

Postby Tigger_the_Wing » Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:46 pm

daftbeaker wrote:Whoops, my fault, I was misinterpreting the way PKMKII's definition presented the formula :blush: That'll teach me to try and interpret formulae when I'm tired.

Tigger_the_Wing wrote:The term Paraquat applies also to

    1,1'-DIMETHYL-4',4'-BIPYRIDILIUM DIMETHYLSULPHATE

    Formula C12 H14 N2 (CH3 SO4)2)

Fixed, although I'd prefer to represent it CH3OSO3 to show it's a sulfate ester. I'm confusing myself with stupid text representations of molecules now :idiot:


Thanks for the fix - I could see that there was a '(' missing on the original but didn't feel confident to replace it in the quote.

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Re: Word of the Day

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