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Feb 12, 2014This week's theme
Words coined in science fiction
This week's words
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A time machine.
2. Something that is much bigger than it appears from the outside.
From TARDIS, a time machine in the British science-fiction TV series, Doctor Who. Earliest documented use: 1969.
In the Doctor Who television show, the title character, known simply as the Doctor, travels through time and space in TARDIS that looks like a police call box from the outside. It's much bigger on the inside though, and includes a swimming pool, a library, and more. The name TARDIS is explained as an acronym for Time and Relative Dimension in Space.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities...still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin. -Charles Darwin, naturalist and author (1809-1882)
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