helen-louise (baratron) wrote,
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divided by a common language (links)

Earlier today I was wondering, almost completely at random, "Hmm, rapeseed oil. That's a bit of a dodgy name. I wonder if there's anyone who's offended by it?". (Rapeseed oil is the main component of the really excellent dairy-free spread that I buy). Then on irc someone linked to a really awful guide to British English, and I looked around the site. What did I find, but the answer to my question. Turns out it's named from the Latin rapere.

I also found a competent guide to British English, a list of differences between the US and UK versions of Harry Potter, and tons of other stuff. It kept me amused for a few minutes, anyway.

Although there's nothing quite like taking a break from my thesis to do some chemistry research. Someone was confused by a new age site talking about cyanide as a component of vitamins, so I had to take a look. Amazingly, the science turned out to be absolutely correct, and quoted from a well-known chemist who I've heard of. Now that's a first :)
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