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Thus Endeth The Lesson
February 8th, 2002 - 1:30 a.m.I'm Currently Avoiding:
Errr...after nearly 2 hours, I've only cut and pasted something in here. Oops. Oh well, not like I really care. Besides, I've been busy. Honestly, I think I write from boredom or something. Not necessarily this particular venue, but other things. When I have no one really to talk to and when I really don't want to do actual work I write. I don't know, I don't really have anything to say and I found a way around my whole semi-tangent thing so I don't really want to be writing here. Thus endeth the lesson for today.
scission (n. SIH-zhun)
1 : a division or split in a group or union : schism
2 : an action or process of cutting, dividing, or splitting : the state of being cut, divided, or split
Scission is probably used most often in scientific contexts, in reference to splits that occur in chemical bonds or in a nucleus during fission. The word is from scissus, past participle of the Latin verb scindere (to split or to cut). You may suspect that a connection exists between scission and scissors, but actually, their etymologies are sharply divided. Scissors comes from an entirely separate Latin verb that also means to cut -- caedare. The Middle English word for the cutting instrument was sisoure, which comes from Late Latin cisorium (itself a caedare descendant). Our sc spelling appeared (first as scissoures) only in the 16th century when, apparently, the word for the cutting instrument was mistakenly taken to have derived, like scission, from scindere.
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