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1:20 AM
@CowperKettle See you in your dreams.
 
 
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2:22 AM
@JasperLoy OOps, I haven't seen you there
I saw a weird dream in which I was a soldier during a war.
In a dugout
And then our sergeant or whoever ordered us to attack
It was scary, getting out to the top of the trench in heavy gear
Then suddenly we were on an ice-skating ring, in this war gear, but on skates.
And we took part in a skating performance together with professional figure skaters.
But finally the enemy started approaching so the professional skaters left the rink, and it was clear that we should too, and go to meet the enemy.
It was weird.
 
2:52 AM
Word of the morning: cute aggression
> A single smartphone image, without personalized calibration, can measure hemoglobin level with an accuracy of 2.4 grams/deciliter with a sensitivity of up to 97 percent. Personalized calibration, tested on four patients over the course of several weeks, can improve the accuracy to 0.92 grams/deciliter, a degree of accuracy on par with point-of-care blood-based hemoglobin tests. Normal values are 13.5-17.5 grams/deciliter for males and 12.0-15.5 grams/deciliter for females.
 
 
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6:21 AM
Hi! Concerning the noun "compact" as in "a formal agreement between two or more parties, states, etc.; contract"(Dictionary.com), do you consider that terminology, a rare word/synonym for agreement, or an elevated form, or all of the above? It's in the U.S. Constitution, and because of that it might come up with content about state politics. But aside from that, do you know of any context in every day life where you'd see this word?
If native speakers were to list meanings for "compact", would that come up? Would a college level native speaker from England or Australia know the word; would a college student from the U.S. know by virtue of (their knowledge of) the Constitution? Thank you.
 
6:38 AM
Of course part of the reason for asking is that I didn't know about the noun "compact" except for the disc. I'm a learner and in a way I want to know whether I should have known about it...
 
 
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11:00 AM
Word of the noon: idioglossia
> An idioglossia (from the Greek ιδιογλωσσία idioglōssia, from idio- "personal" and glōssa "tongue") is an idiosyncratic language invented and spoken by only one person or very few people. Most often, idioglossia refers to the "private languages" of young children, especially twins, the latter being more specifically known as cryptophasia, and commonly referred to as twin talk or twin speech.
Example:
> Their language became even more idiosyncratic at this time. Soon it was unintelligible to others. Their language, or idioglossia, qualified as an example of cryptophasia, exemplified by the twins' simultaneous actions, which often mirrored each other. Eventually the twins spoke to no one except each other and their younger sister Rose.
June Gibbons (born 11 April 1963) and Jennifer Gibbons (11 April 1963 - 9 March 1993) were identical twins who grew up in Wales. They became known as "The Silent Twins" since they only communicated with each other. They began writing works of fiction but later turned to crime. Both women were admitted to Broadmoor Hospital where they were held for 11 years. == Childhood == June and Jennifer were the daughters of Caribbean immigrants Gloria and Aubrey Gibbons. Gloria was a housewife and Aubrey worked as a technician for the Royal Air Force. Shortly after their birth in Yemen, their family moved...
> According to Wallace, the girls had a longstanding agreement that if one died, the other must begin to speak and live a normal life. During their stay in the hospital, they began to believe that it was necessary for one of them to die, and after much discussion, Jennifer agreed to make the sacrifice of her life.
 
 
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4:01 PM
@juscogensprime I have only seen pact and not compact used in this way, if you want a poll.
 
 
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5:29 PM
For some reason I've been feeling better since upping my vitamin D dosage to 2000 IU. This is all subjective, of course.
The 25(OH)D level has increased from 17.7 a month ago to 19.8 yesterday.
 
@JasperLoy Thank you!
 
I have seen "compact" used as "agreement", but only in high-style and old texts.
Historical books ect.
 
5:46 PM
@juscogensprime By the way, I don't know where dictionary.com gets its definitions, but I prefer consulting an authoritative dictionary instead, such as en.oxforddictionaries.com (Oxford Dictionary of English/New Oxford American Dictionary) or merriam-webster.com (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary) or collinsdictionary.com (Collins English Dictionary) or ahdictionary.com (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language).
 
6:33 PM
Good night, scantlings
Good night, @snailplane ))))
 
7:01 PM
@CowperKettle my parents swear by vitamin D. Their doctor says that you have to do some tests to determine how much you have to take to get the amount in your bloodstream up to a therapeutic level
 
7:14 PM
@ColleenV I have a vegan friend who told me that Vitamin D is one of the things she might need supplements for, since you don't get very much of that in vegetables.
 

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