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Wondrous Words Wednesday

Image of an open book showing words, with a small purple sprig led across the pages - used for the meme Wondrous Words Wednesday

I came across these three beauties, in rather a flurry of activity. All three are what I would probably class as professional or technical words and definitions and to be honest, I’m not too sure which one had me the most confused! However, given that mathematics was definitely always my weakest link, my final word of the week probably tops the Duh! stakes 🙂

1. IN LIMINE

Cover image of the book 'A Matter Of Will' by the author Adam Mitzner

“The reason we’re here now is because we plan on filing a motion in limine to exclude from evidence any statement that Jennifer Toolan made that our client was physically abusive.”

A motion in limine was a request for a judge to exclude certain evidence. It was reserved for pieces of evidence important enough that their admission at trial might change the entire legal strategy. Both sides needed to know how the court would rule before the trial began.

IN LIMINE – A motion in which a party asks the court to exclude, limit, or include evidence before it is offered at trial. The court decides the motion outside the presence of a jury.
Typically, in a motion in limine (Latin for “at the start” or “on the threshold”), a party seeks to exclude prejudicial or irrelevant evidence from a jury trial. However, a party also may use a motion in limine to obtain an advance ruling on whether the court will admit specified evidence at trial. Rulings on motions in limine are interlocutory (not final), and the court may change its ruling during trial. 

 

2. ANTEROGRADE

Cover Image of the paperback edition of the book 'Forget My Name' by author J.S. Monroe

‘Some people experience “anterograde amnesia”, which is when you can’t form new memories. They can recall the past, before the event that caused the amnesia, but nothing afterwards. Let’s see what you can remember tomorrow, after a good night’s sleep.’

ANTEROGRADE – Directed forwards in time.

ANTEROGRADE AMNESIA – Anterograde amnesia is a loss of the ability to create new memories after the event that caused amnesia, leading to a partial or complete inability to recall the recent past, while long-term memories from before the event remain intact. This is in contrast to retrograde amnesia, where memories created prior to the event are lost while new memories can still be created. Both can occur together in the same patient. To a large degree, anterograde amnesia remains a mysterious ailment because the precise mechanism of storing memories is not yet well understood, although it is known that the regions involved are certain sites in the temporal cortex, especially in the hippocampus and nearby subcortical regions.

 

3. ICOSAHEDRON

Cover image of the book 'Motive X' by author Stefan Ahnhem

It was over two hundred years old, made of white marble in the shape of an icosahedron with a surface consisting of twenty equilateral triangles. Twenty sides, each with an engraved number, apart from the number ten, which had been inscribed with an X.

ICOSAHEDRON – In geometry, an icosahedron is a polyhedron with 20 faces. The name comes from Ancient Greek εἴκοσι (eíkosi), meaning ‘twenty’, and ἕδρα (hédra), meaning ‘seat’. The plural can be either “icosahedra” or “icosahedrons”.

REGULAR ICOSAHEDRON – The regular icosahedron (often simply called “the” icosahedron) is the regular polyhedron and Platonic solid, having 12 polyhedron vertices, 30 polyhedron edges, and 20 equivalent equilateral triangle faces.

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Wondrous Words Wednesday … Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading. It is hosted by Kathy, over at ‘BermudaOnion’s Weblog’.

You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.

Don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments as well, so that we can visit and share your words of the week!

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