"It's Gone All Pear-Shaped!"

Lynne Murphy lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Tue Jun 4 18:44:02 UTC 2002

--On Tuesday, June 4, 2002 11:36 am -0700 Dave Wilton <dave at WILTON.NET>

>> I think the most likely/closest is (2).  Something that's gone all
>> pear-shaped is something that should have had a nice
>> structure, but entropy
>> has had its way. (I think I can use the word 'entropy' that way.)
> Although it does work in a metaphorical sense, I'm not sure entropy is
> quite right. It's changing shape, not descending into a lower state of
> energy. "Gravity" would seem more appropriate, or perhaps "pastry" if
> we're talking about people.

I was thinking of the 'measure of disorder or randomness in a system'
(AHD4), since gravity has little to do with Scrabble games!


Dr M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
Acting Director, MA in Applied Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
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