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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
tower of Babel
1. A scene of noise or confusion.
2. An ambitious or impractical plan.
From Hebrew Babhel (Babylon). According to the Bible, at one time everyone on Earth spoke the same language (though earlier it says that they spoke different languages). When people got together to build a city with a tower that reached the heavens, God was not happy and halted the project by confounding their speech, making them unable to understand one another. Earliest documented use: 1718.
“Unfortunately, makers of acoustic nodes have developed several incompatible data protocols, creating a ‘Tower of Babel and a world of pain’ for teams trying to link them together, says Mr. Potter.”
Captain Nemo Goes Online; The Economist (London, UK); Mar 9, 2013.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. -Enrico Fermi, physicist and Nobel laureate (29 Sep 1901-1954)