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The dictionary's curious coincidence.



February 04, 2008 – Comments (4)

Recently I have noticed the word "fiat" has been popping up more and more. As in "fiat" money or "fiat" currency. Now I have understood the word "fiat" to mean "declared". I also realized I had not actually looked up the word and decided that now would be a good time to do so.

fiat: n. 1. an authoritative decree, sanction or order

The next definition in my dictionary is:

fiat money:  1. paper currency made legal tender by a fiat of the government but not based on or convertible into coin

Curiously I found the definition immediately after "fiat money" is:

fib: n 1. a small or trivial lie

But the coincidence did not end there. The word immediately before "fiat"?

fiasco: n. 1. a complete and ignominious failure.

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4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 04, 2008 at 3:18 PM, finabuddy (84.76) wrote:

Looking up words in the dictionary isn't research, unless this is some attempt to be existential.

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#2) On February 04, 2008 at 4:24 PM, devoish (71.96) wrote:


Good thing I did not refer to it as research then! Maybe I should have referred to it as a "curiosity" or a "coincidence".

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#3) On February 05, 2008 at 9:27 AM, XMFHelical (< 20) wrote:

According to the dictionary definition of research, looking up words in the dictionary does in fact qualify as research. 

Of course one should do their own research.





(and to do your own research you went for a dictionary didn't you - see, got ya)

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#4) On February 05, 2008 at 2:41 PM, devoish (71.96) wrote:


Were you checking up on me? (good work!) And since now you inspired me to look up "research", based on my dictionarys definition looking up words certainly qualifies. But my dictionary does not specifically mention looking up words. 

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