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Sun Dec 19, 2004 12:21 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: minging
Replies: 8
Views: 4862

minging

Dale, As far as I can tell you should have no fear of anyone mistaking the common sense of ‘minging’ (1970, British slang for ‘stinking,’) with the purported ‘mincing’ sense. Also, this isn’t a hot new word of the variety you might be interested in for your dictionary – it’s been around in its prese...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 11:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

I believe this sums it up very well. From an interview with Dr. Eddie Bernard, Director of the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory: ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: How common is-and by the way-should we say Tsunami or Tidal Wave? EDDIE BERNARD: It's your preference. Tsunami is the Japanese word. Tidal Wav...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 11:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

Okay... lets beat this topic to death. There are many forces at work that effect the tides besides the moon and the sun. Atmospheric pressure,seismic activity and planetary alignment also have influence on tides. The Bay of Fundy has large waves that entre the Bay . Chicago on Lake Michigan experien...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 11:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

From a site hosted by the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, http://www.geophys.washington.edu/tsunami/general/physics/meaning.html : Tsunami is a Japanese word with the English translation, "harbor wave." Represented by two characters, the top character, "tsu," ...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 11:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

From http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20041230/sc_afp/asiaquaketsunami_041230012952&e=4&ncid= Tidal wave or tsunami? Wed Dec 29, 8:29 PM ET PARIS (AFP) - The giant, deadly waves of seawater that crashed through coastal towns in Asia and parts of east Africa last weekend are commonl...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 11:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

Tidal waves, or tsunamis, in the Pacific Ocean are relatively common and it is well known that a tsunami generated from an earthquake in a specific area may travel thousands of miles. It is not surprising, then, that the effects of the Lisbon earthquake were felt in Newfoundland. Rev. Philip Tocque,...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 10:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

tidal_wave A noun 1 tidal_wave, tsunami a huge destructive wave (especially one caused by an earthquake) tsunami [tsʊn¨»:mi:, sʊn¨»:mi:] A noun 1 tidal_wave, tsunami a huge destructive wave (especially one caused by an earthquake) The definitions are identical, although the origin and "strict" meani...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 10:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

Gregg, We are not talking about local data from Hawaii. We are talking about a report from the Institute of Geophysics at the University of Hawaii, which is not confined to using local data, especially for events that occur in the Atlantic. (<:) _______________________ Ken G – December 29, 2004 Repl...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 10:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

Hurricane vs. Typhoons This also has a regional use.

Gregg
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 10:07 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

Ken, if you were to use data from a Pacific Island such as Hawaii it makes sence they would refer to "tsunami" rather than "Tidal Wave". I have done limited research on this because I have asked this question before and the overwhelming response was Atlantic and Pacific. Although I do agree Tsunami ...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 9:54 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

Next time you are all sitting next to a fucking big wave that is traveling at the speed of a light aircraft and are surrounded by several dead friends and lots of buildings that are now debris,some of them yours, then talk to me again about the difference between a "tsunami" and a "tidal wave". I mi...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 9:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

A tidal surge is nothing to do with a tsunami, but a complex sea condition in which the level of the sea rises above normal due to an area of low pressure above it (typically associated with a storm system) with an increased probability of coastline inundation because of the interaction of the incre...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 9:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

Gregg, I’m not sure the distinction that you mention between the ‘Atlantic tidal waves’ and the ‘Pacific tsunamis’ actually exists. A Google search on “tsunami December 26, 2004’ versus “tidal wave December 26, 2004” produced ~220,000 vs. ~74,0000 hits, which although it is about 3:1 ratio (and prob...
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Sat Dec 18, 2004 9:14 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

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Sat Dec 18, 2004 9:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tsunami vs. tidal wave
Replies: 18
Views: 14543

tsunami vs. tidal wave

Ken,
Tidal Wave most often refers to the Atlantic Ocean and regions, while Tsunami refers to the Pacific Ocean and its regions. A Tidal Surge may have nothing to due with the tides, although it is commonly used to discribe coastal flooding due to a hurricane.

Gregg, Halifax
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