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The metric expansion of space. The inflationar...
The metric expansion of space. The inflationary epoch is the expansion of the metric tensor at left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In an expanding universe, it’s inevitable that our choice of words should expand. The language is expanding so rapidly and wonderfully that some of the most colorful terms so far defy defining.

It’s enough to drive a word nerd to perplexity.

On one site alone – Bad Astronomy – I came across these concatenations in short order:

  1. enselenate
  2. enarthurnate
  3. gobluenate

Except for the fairly obvious Michigan Wolverine flavor of the list’s terminus, I love them. Nary a one could I find in a dictionary, but when these gems are used in context their meaning is clear.


Embrace your nerdité. Look it up yourself.

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