"orthogonal" = (of non-mathematical factors, elements, etc.) independent of one another.
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Sat Dec 31 02:37:44 UTC 2005
Though clearly derived from def. 3, this sense of "orthogonal" is not in OED :
2005 Andy Cohen, in _Forum for Ballad Scholars_ BALLAD-L at LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU (Dec. 28) : Though I am but an ignorant holder of the world's most useless masters degree in cultural Anthro (I studied how almost a hundred bluesmen used their thumbs), ...my opinion is that professionalism *per se* and memberhip in a folk community *per se* are orthogonal to one another. In other words, they are both factors in a complex equation, but do not relate to one another as such.
"How a Hundred Bluesmen Used their Thumbs."
Your assignment is to write the Whitmanite / Chicago Renaissance poem bearing this title that was *not* written in 1937 because the title somewhow didn't get thought of.
Explain your answer.
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