Skepchick Quickies 3.07


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Yeah, I've always called graupel "hail", since it looks for all the world like mini hail pellets. But Now I get a new word to use, one that sounds archaic (my favorite sort) and which further causes people to wonder about my sanity. SWEET :)

  2. Hah! I heard about graupel from the meteorologist on our local NPR station a while back, and actually ran into the office to tell everyone about the word. They were amused, but my boss, jokingly, said "I think you're making that word up!"

    I told him it was a perfectly cromulent word.

  3. I like it when a word's cromulence is discussed. :-)

    I will try to work graupel into conversation as soon as I can. Though I am curious if graupel is classified as a type of hail or if it is an entirely different class of precipitation.

  4. Yeah, we don’t get any snow around here for ice to form around… Well, except for the Christmas Miracle ™, but that was a freak weather pattern.

  5. I can't hardly sit down at a piano without improvising SOMETHING, so I was intrigued by the article about the jazz musicians. I thought it was kind of funny that they were going on about the challenges of making it so the musicians could improvise on a piano when they were holding their heads still and lying in an MRI machine. That's not half the challenge of having to do improv only using the tones of the C scale! I mean, come on, medical people … do the research and at least let them use the standard blues scale, for Pete's sake!

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