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  • Goddamnit. It seems like Papageno could have made the effort once in a while to offer a definition or citation for these most obscure words, instead of just going on some kind of mad listing binge.

    Never fear. Moazogotl is an adjective*, and always modifies the word cloud. A Moazogotl cloud is a "cloud bank that is created under Föhn conditions on the lee side of a mountain".

    I'm sure nobody needs to be reminded that a Föhn wind is a type of dry downslope wind which occurs in the lee of a mountain range. It is a rain shadow wind which results from the subsequent adiabatic warming of air which has dropped most of its moisture on windward slopes (orographic lift). As a consequence of the different adiabatic lapse rates of moist and dry air, the air on the leeward slopes becomes warmer than equivalent elevations on the windward slopes. Föhn winds can raise temperatures by as much as 30°C (54°F) in just a matter of hours. Central Europe enjoys a warmer climate due to them.

    *: usually capitalized.

    July 30, 2008

  • Please sionnach, tell me that you read Föhn on my recently added words, and this is not a coincidence.

    July 30, 2008

  • Actually, Pro - it is indeed a coincidence. But before you read too much into it, remember that the Weak Law of Large Numbers pretty much guarantees that really weird stuff will continue to happen on a regular basis.

    People freak out when someone wins the lottery jackpot twice in a lifetime, not realizing that it would be creepy if this never happened.

    (Sorry: apparently the word 'coincidence' triggers some kind of mini probability rant)

    July 30, 2008

  • Sionnach, do you think the Weak Law of Large Numbers is actually stronger on Wordie? ;-)

    July 30, 2008

  • My probability theory is a little rusty, but I seem to remember that you could get from the WLLN to the Strong Law of Large Numbers by judicious application of a Cramer-Wold device.

    Maybe that dildo-loving, viscous-sheep-shagging, antipodean, pining-for-placenta degenerate remembered to pack one?

    July 31, 2008

  • *refusing to answer on the grounds that I'll get thrashed*

    July 31, 2008

  • I always keep a spare Cramer-Wold device in my pouch, you serially-cuckolded, time-travel-ravaged, navel-sucking, aeruginous intracranial vacuum.

    July 31, 2008

  • Oops! Silly me. A moment's reflection reveals the uselessness of the Cramer-Wold device in strengthening the law of large numbers. Though it does allow one to generalize to multiple variables.

    July 31, 2008

  • Bilby, for the love of heaven, WHY didn't you bracket/add aeruginous intracranial vacuum?! *eelpout*

    July 31, 2008