[Ads-l] WOTY candidate

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Wed Aug 30 11:24:24 EDT 2017


There is also a term in optics, "the circle of least confusion," referring to how a non-perfect lens will not focus a beam of light to an infinitely small point, but to something larger that that.

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> GB has a 1977 ex. of "course of least regret" in a NOAA publication and in ref. to hurricanes.
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> Early exx. (incl.mine) are in a meteorological/ public safety context.
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> GB data suggests that more euphonious "path of least regret" (which appears to be widely applied) is a later development.
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> JL
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> On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 8:26 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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> > Ah, yes. From  _Get Smart_, ca1966.
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> > An actual, not figurative, cone, however.
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> > JL
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> > On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 9:52 PM, David Metevia
> > <djmetevia at chartermi.net>
> > wrote:
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> >> I know about the "cone of silence."
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> >> On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 9:14 PM, Jonathan Lighter
> >> <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com
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> >> wrote:
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> >> > The first (more or less) that I encountered was probably "the
> >> > course of least regret," in the late '80s.
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> >> > JL
> >> >
> >> > On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 8:59 PM, Chris Waigl <chris at lascribe.net>
> >> wrote:
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> >> > > Well there's the circle of security, the line of duty and the
> >> triangle of
> >> > > opportunity. I'm sure there are more expressions that fit the
> >> > > template
> >> > "the
> >> > > [geometric object] of [noun ending in -ty]".
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> >> > > On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 2:33 PM, Jonathan Lighter <
> >> > wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> >> > > wrote:
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> >> > > > How about "cone of uncertainty"?
> >> > > >
> >> > > > Originally a mystery flavor at Baskin-Robbins.
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> >> > > > JL
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> >> > > > 
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