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Old 14-05-2012, 04:20 PM   #1
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I'll try to keep track of this thread in order to put in it very cool words I've never heard of. Others, please feel free to add words that really capture your attention by being very cool.

Here's one: aposematic

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Of a nature to warn or alarm; serving to warn or alarm enemies: noting characteristics of organisms which, when displayed, effect this.
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adj: That serves as a warning to predators, as of toxicity, especially falsely.
adj. Having or designating conspicuous or warning colors or structures indicative of special means of defense against enemies, as in the skunk.
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"..emerging theory that proposes a possible complementary relationship between complexity and simplicity. The term draws from General Systems Theory, Dialectics (philosophy) and Design. Jeffrey Kluger wrote a book about this phenomenon that describes how house plants can be more complicated than industrial plants, how a truck driver's job can be as difficult as a CEO's and why 90% of the money donated to help cure diseases are given only to the research of 10% of them (and vice versa)."
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"We long for simplicity and satisfaction. Simplexity therefore stands for a balance between the growing complexity of daily life and our own personal satisfaction. In order to attain this state, we have to stop always striving to make optimal decisions. In the future, it will be more important to make judgments that are just good enough."[3]
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Diane,

Really wonderful. I've bookmarked the site and will probably write about the whole thing soon.
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Word for today :

Nocifensive (adjective modifying a noun [which is really a verb...], "behaviour")

Paul Hodges must not have heard of this adjective when he tried to describe the behaviour associated, in this paper from 2011: Moving differently in pain: A new theory to explain the adaptation to pain (open access)
Good old Paul, still trying to make bottom-up ideas based on muscle-thinking make sense..

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"Nocifensive behaviors are those that are evoked by stimuli that activate the nociceptive sensory apparatus. They are associated with protection against insult and injury typically in response to a noxious stimulus. Responses to noxious stimuli in animals may include behaviors resembling responses to pain in humans, such as limping, flinching, vocalization and reflexive withdrawal. Other specific pain-related responses in animals ..."
Accessible part is truncated by restriction wall.

Very ambitious project - an online Encyclopedia of Pain.
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Mr Hodges does seem determined to keep tran abs and multifidus in the vocabulary of the treating therapist. The way the science is taking us this will surely become less relevant and prevalent.
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Nocifensive --

I like the sound of this word. Could some posters here call SS nocifensive? Seems lke it.
Paul's name has been irretrievably linked with muscle and he probably will never escape the net even if he wants to. Though there is still Lorimer around his neck of the research woods...

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Ooh.. just could resist this one:

floccinaucinihilipilification:
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The act or habit of describing or regarding something as unimportant, of having no value or being worthless.
This is what happens to skin in anatomy labs. It's what happens conceptually to the skin organ, in most manual therapy treatment models, thereafter. It's what happens to the dense and lively exteroceptive and interoceptive sensing array in all manual therapy treatment models, thereafter.
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Another word I learned, yesterday, is cromulent.
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Used in an ironical sense to mean legitimate, and therefore, in reality, spurious and not at all legitimate. Assumes common knowledge of the inherent Simpsons reference. Used to describe a dubious or made up word, term, or phrase that is entirely plausible because it makes logical sense within existing language conventions.

Ironically, the word comulent itself is not cromulent. (See incromulent)
It appeared in the comment section of this rapidly-becoming-famous piece in The Conversation, by Neil O'Connell and Lorimer Moseley, deconstructing acupuncture: Acupuncture research – the path least scientific?
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Pronounced "ga -li-MO-fri".
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Gallimaufry, A kind of stew, made up of scraps of various kinds. Sea term, and probably meaning the galley scraps.
It also means "hotchpotch, jumble or confused medley."

It's a great word. I saw it today in a completely different context, but I think it applies to PT.

History of the word.
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Hi Diane!

I just heard this today from a Supertraining poster.

"exercise fizzilogy"

It's certainly not a "new word," but an interesting way for a strength trainer to view current approaches in the field.
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Hi Ken
I wonder if that word could be fizziology?

Only because years ago the word fizzios came into the vernacular. (Meaning physios).
So much so that one cheeky fellow signed his entry on the patient's med chart as fizzio He had to change it due to the sharp eyes of the CNC. (CNC = clinical nurse consultant)

WORD of the DAY: Mumpsimus = one who sticks wrongly to old ways.

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I wonder if that word could be fizziology?

Only because years ago the word fizzios came into the vernacular. (Meaning physios).
So much so that one cheeky fellow signed his entry on the patient's med chart as fizzio He had to change it due to the sharp eyes of the CNC. (CNC = clinical nurse consultant)

WORD of the DAY: Mumpsimus = one who sticks wrongly to old ways.

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I looked it up and yes! it's a real word!

Mumpsimus
It actually means the thing that is being held onto, though, not the one holding on to it.
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a traditional notion that is obstinately held although it is unreasonable; "he still holds to the old mumpsimus that a woman's place is in the kitchen"
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I checked out fizziology, and it's out there, the name of one of those aggregator bot sites.
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Thanks, Diane. Mumpsimus could start to creep into our discussions on meso/ecto if we don't watch out....

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From one of my favourite sources of charientisms, neologisms and an amateur lexicographer's bible, "The superior person's third book of well-bred words ", by Peter Bowler.
Bohordamentum .
a noun. mediaeval jousting with mock lances.
The modern equivalent is your children's play with toy Star Wars light sabres.
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Also from the inestimable Mr Bowler,

paradiastole
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sarcastic euphemism as a means of disparagement. ie "imperfectly beautiful"
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Quaquaversal

"Moving or happening in every direction simultaneously"

Isn't that the most delicious description of the nervous system you've ever heard of?
And I like how ducky it sounds. Not quacky - ducky.

Actually it's a mathematical term. Wiktionary definition:
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going off in all directions at once towards a center  [quotations ▼]
(astronomy) dipping towards a centre in all directions
An image depicting "quaquaversal" might be backwards fireworks..


... or a dandelion.





I gather the meaning isn't "explosion" or outward movement, but rather the reverse. But not imploding either. Just a massive information or substance gathering event toward a midpoint somewhere.
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I'm learning a bit more about the new word, quaquaversal, that has been filling my brain all day. :

Here is a suggestion on how to use it in Scrabble.

Apparently the symbol is

Cool eh?

The opposite of quaquaversal is "centroclinal" - not as cool, but equally interesting.
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"dipping toward a common point or center"
Quaquaversal is "moving or happening in every direction simultaneously"

I think the nervous system is both at the same time.
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Cenesthopathy: Rarely used term for a feeling or sense of general ill-being not related to any particular organ or part of the body. 1. Any localized distortion of body awareness, such as the feeling that a hand has become like jelly; less commonly the term is used to refer to a feeling of general physical ill-being. 2. A general feeling of discomfort, unease, and malaise not attributable to any particular part of the body.

In general I think this term refers to (noticeable by the subject) sensory hallucination.

I saw a blogpost at MindHacks about this: Hallucinations of the inner body, in which sensory hallucinations are linked specifically to psychosis. [But I suspect they are probably a lot more common and normal than that - and Oliver Sacks would likely agree.]
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One of the least understood symptoms in psychosis are hallucinations called cenesthesias. These are ‘inner body’ feelings that often don’t correspond to any known or even possible bodily experiences.
Here is the paper mentioned in the blogpost [- it's full access actually, not locked]:
Brain perfusion asymmetry in patients with oral somatic delusions

It makes sense that the mouth would be involved in somatic hallucinations - it takes up a great deal of real estate in S1.
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the intellectual productivity of a creative imagination.
I love this word.

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Whole bunch of Words of the day. Cool\funny stuff.

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I lovelovelove this new word, brought here by Jo Bowyer:

Einstellung

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Einstellung is the development of a mechanized state of mind. Often called a problem solving set, Einstellung refers to a person's predisposition to solve a given problem in a specific manner even though "better" or more appropriate methods of solving the problem exist. The Einstellung effect is the negative effect of previous experience when solving new problems. The Einstellung effect has been tested experimentally in many different contexts. The most famous example (which led to Luchins and Luchins' coining of the term) is the Luchins' water jar experiment, in which subjects were asked to solve a series of water jar problems. After solving many problems which had the same solution, subjects applied the same solution to later problems even though a simpler solution existed (Luchins, 1942).[1] Other experiments on the Einstellung effect can be found in The Effect of Einstellung on Compositional Processes and Rigidity of Behavior, A Variational Approach to the Effect of Einstellung... Einstellung literally means "setting" or "installation" in German. Related to Einstellung is what is referred to as an Aufgabe (literally, "task" in German). ...The Einstellung effect can be supported by theories of inductive reasoning. In a nutshell, inductive reasoning is the act of inferring a rule based on a finite number of instances. ... Another phenomenon similar to Einstellung is functional fixedness (Duncker 1945).[2] Functional fixedness is an impaired ability to discover a new use for an object, owing to the subject's previous use of the object in a functionally dissimilar context. It can also be deemed a cognitive bias that limits a person to using an object only in the way it is traditionally used. Duncker also pointed out that the phenomenon occurs not only with physical objects, but also with mental objects or concepts (a point which lends itself nicely to the phenomenon of Einstellung effect).

The Einstellung effect occurs when a person is presented with a problem or situation that is similar to problems they have worked through in the past. If the solution (or appropriate behavior) to the problem/situation has been the same in each past experience, the person will likely provide that same response, without giving the problem too much thought, even though a more appropriate response might be available. Essentially, the Einstellung effect is one of the human brain's ways of finding an appropriate solution/behavior as efficiently as possible. Note, however, that although finding the solution is efficient, the solution found might not necessarily be the most appropriate solution.
What are manual therapy treatment systems and ways of interpreting peoples' ways of demonstrating pain behaviour, if not "mental objects or concepts"?
Biomechanics is a great illustration of something in manual therapy that I consider a detailed system of reading a "throwing of bones" - impressive looking but no interrater reliability. Nothing objective there at all, yet it provides practitioners, and the profession, with the comforting illusion they are dealing with something "objective."
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armamentarium

: a collection of resources available or utilized for an undertaking or field of activity; especially : the equipment, methods, and pharmaceuticals used in medicine

An interesting word I came across in the Benedetti placebo and dr patient relationship article


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Obnubilate.

You gotta love a word that sounds like Ob Noob Liate. Bronnie Thompson found it in a sci-fi book or something..

Anyway, it means to darken, like a cloud passing over. Like the big cloud PT lives under, maybe. Here is another (supposedly obsolete, but I think it should be revived, as we are still dealing with "fumes of metaphysics" - maybe not German necessarily..):
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There is here fine criticism, classic wit, poetic dreaming, and some grains of sound doctrine, but so obnubilated with the fumes of German metaphysics, that we become giddy" (The Princeton Review, Samuel Coleridge)
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:26 PM   #25
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Default Zugzwang

Zugzwang refers to "compulsion to move", as in chess, where you are forced to make a move, but any move you make will worsen your position and hasten the end of the game.

I found it in a story called "The Day I Started Lying to Ruth" posted to Facebook. What a story. Written by an oncologist, about his wife who died of cancer.
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Can I add one too?

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Hormesis (from Greek hórmēsis "rapid motion, eagerness," from ancient Greek hormáein "to set in motion, impel, urge on") is the term for generally favorable biological responses to low exposures to toxins and other stressors. A pollutant or toxin showing hormesis thus has the opposite effect in small doses as in large doses. A related concept is Mithridatism, which refers to the willful exposure to toxins in an attempt to develop immunity against them. Hormetics is the term proposed for the study and science of hormesis.
An interesting concept in the book Antifragile that Barrett has been writing about
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An interesting concept in the book Antifragile that Barrett has been writing about
liberally used in homeopathy methinks!

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I've heard of trying to get kids toughened up to peanut butter and other things they are allergic to.
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...and walking in cool to cold weather to scare off cold viruses etc.
Graded exposure to dirt and dust is supposed to be a remedy for asthma, which according to some views, is becoming more of a problem year by year because of our obsession with cleanliness.
One program I watched recently a scientist stated that bathing every day is not a great idea because it cleans up all the good bugs along with the bad and often just as the goodies are winning against the baddies....

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liberally used in homeopathy methinks!

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Ahh but of course, Taleb does mention their false use of the term. Would be true if water toxicity were a real problem.
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Boffin:
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British slang for a scientist, engineer, or other person engaged in technical or scientific work. The original World War II conception of war-winning researchers means that the character tends to have more positive connotations than related characterisations like egghead, nerd, or geek.


Saw it used in this news piece.

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No more serious mitochondrial disease. No more mums and dads living and loving their children with the agonising knowledge their little ones will never make it to adulthood.
How would you respond to the news?
Would you rejoice in the discovery, hailing these remarkable boffins?
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Moseley may define it as: A Boring Talker
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Perhaps the plural should be 'A Blog of Boffins'
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