prolixity in space

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Feb 15 14:43:04 UTC 2013

On Feb 15, 2013, at 8:35 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> All morning CNN has been reporting a "meteor shower that resembled a
> fireball" "raining down on Southern Russia."
> What they mean is "a meteoric fireball" or even a "fireball meteor."
> Possibly more interesting is the use of "meteor shower" to mean "a single
> meteorite and its debris."
More like a meteor sponge bath.


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