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Word: dust

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Fine powder. "A comet's tail consists of gas and dust."


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6 thoughts on “dust

  1. Rhona Fenwick says:

    “Powder” is also on the list here. Perhaps the two can be merged somehow?

    • Andrew Miller says:

      I’m for keeping them separate, even if they end up being expressed in a similar way.

      • Rhona Fenwick says:

        I suppose I’m not just concerned about the fact that the explanatory gloss here given for “dust” is literally just “fine powder” (and the fact that in English the two are virtually synonymous anyway, the result of nothing more than a classic Germanic-Romance semantic doublet), but also about the potential in practice for splitting votes between the two.

        • Edward Bailey says:

          Rhona: True. I wouldn’t have suggested “dust” if I’d noticed “powder.”

          The only distinction between the two is subtleties of usage. If it’s a useful man-made product, we usually call it powder, especially that made by pulverization. If it’s naturally occurring, it’s usually dust, especially when it’s a nuisance. But I see no reason why these distinctions should matter to a Klingon, so I’m all for adding “dust” to the request for “powder” and deleting this request.

  2. qa'HoS says:

    I’d go with {ngat}, too. On occasion, I also sometimes use {DIHom} for any nondescript pulverized matter, especially if the degree of coarseness isn’t homogeneous.

    • Andrew Miller says:

      ngat means any one of two very specific types of granulated matter. DIHom could theoretically work but the size of it could range substantially larger than dust.

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