elevenses, n.

elevenses
elevenses, n. 1. a short break for refreshments, usually with tea or coffee, taken around 11 am.   2. the refreshments eaten then

Words and food combined in the most delicious way; this is the wonderful gift that made my week. A gift that also got me curious about the etymology behind it.

Not to be confused with second breakfast — though it often is — elevenses first appears in 1887 Continue reading “elevenses, n.”

aliquant, adj.

aliquant, adj. An aliquant part of a number is one that will not divide it without a remainder, thus 5 is an aliquant part of 12.

In math, the aliquant part of a number makes for a messy division.
The aliquot part will keep division tidy and round.

Confusion hazard aside, seeing the balance and grace of these two together is a bit like ballet on a page. Maybe there’s a lovely metaphor to be made with their definitions but I’m just here for the toe-dancing.

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