Zaklog the Great (zaklog) wrote in word_salad,
Zaklog the Great

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uNclear power

I was flipping through the dictionary the other day looking for another word and happened to pause for a moment on the entry for "nucleus". It turns out nucleus is from the Latin for kernal. More interesting, though, is that it's a diminutive form of the Latin for nut. Therefore, the original meaning of nucleus is "a small nut".

So, as far as I can tell, a nuclear war is a lot of trouble started by one little nut. :-p

(Cross-posted to etymology.)
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