Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Lucious Churn....

My students who are new to geology often have a great deal of trouble with terminology and spelling, and so I get a lot of weird misspellings and interpretations of common geologic terms. Baslat, continental margarines, and mantle plums are common errors. I've had to navigate through seduction zones, excretionary wedges and abnormal faults, but I can usually figure out what a student was trying to say.

But not on this one, from a geology neophyte on a recent trip. I asked a question about what kind of environment a particular rock at a particular stop formed in, and got the following:

"the rocks came from a lucious churn"

Now, the rocks in question were part of a subduction zone complex, and I did speak of the churning that happens in the accretionary wedge as the subducting plate mixes things up. But where did lucious come from? I have a feeling it was a normal word, highly re-interpreted, but, hmmm?

What are some of your best misspellings and misappropriations of meaning?
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