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Jul 21, 1999
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orwellian
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macadam
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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

macadam

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macadam (ma-KAD-uhm) noun

Pavement made of layers of compacted broken stone, now usually bound with tar or asphalt.

[After John Loudon McAdam (1756-1836), Scottish civil engineer.]

"The man speaking is Marty PerlAmutter. He is pointing to the worn macadam of Third Street in the SOMA district of San Francisco."
Scott Burns, SF hides a 50,000-lane highway, The Dallas Morning News, 14 Mar 1999.

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Today I am more than ever frightened. I wish it would dawn upon engineers that, in order to be an engineer, it is not enough to be an engineer. -Jose Ortega y Gasset


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