Does anyone else (besides me) get obsessed with a new word? Maybe it's the lack of pasta in my life lately, but I read about "spaghettification" on World Wide Words this morning and it's just intrigued me all day.
Michael Quinion writes:
A story on the BBC website a few days ago introduced me to the scientific term SPAGHETTIFICATION. It has nothing to do with Italian cuisine but refers to what happens to an object that is caught in the gravitational field of a black hole. Some theories hold that it is stretched vertically and compressed horizontally until it looks like a length of spaghetti. The term has been around for at least a decade and is said to derive from a comment by Stephen Hawking in A Brief History of Time that an astronaut passing through the event horizon of a black hole would be "stretched like spaghetti".
What word has intrigued you lately?