geek_dragon (geek_dragon) wrote,
geek_dragon
geek_dragon

Annoying word of the day.

My computational quantum chemistry text seems to be written by an english buff:

Moiety \Moi"e*ty\ (moi"[-e]*t[y^]), n.; pl. Moieties
(moi"[-e]*t[i^]z). [F. moiti['e], L. medietas, fr. medius
middle, half. See Mid, a., and cf. Mediate, Mediety.]
1. One of two equal parts; a half; as, a moiety of an estate,
of goods, or of profits; the moiety of a jury, or of a
nation. --Shak.
[1913 Webster]

The more beautiful moiety of his majesty's subject.
--Addison.
[1913 Webster]

2. An indefinite part; a small part. --Shak.
[1913 Webster]

It's funny though, the two contrasting definitions make the word a little useless. A half and an indefinitely small part are two very different things. Half is large, equal, definite. Indefinite smacks of atomic or ripped off.
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