tipping point

James A. Landau <JJJRLandau@netscape.com> JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Wed Jan 25 01:17:30 UTC 2012

article by Henry Chu, distributed by the Los Angeles Times, on Big Ben's tilting reads:

The tilt (0.26 degrees northwest) lies at the tipping point, as it were, at wheich the lean becomes visible to the naked eye...

The tipping point is the tilt beyond which Big Ben's tower falls over.  I say that even the "as it were" caveat does not justify using "tilting point" to mean "first visible tilt", but who listens to me?

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