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Friday, January 21, 2011

Prison for Prions

In today's Jumble I unscrambled one to the words to be PRIONS, but then I realized PRION is probably not in my dictionary, and it isn't, at least not in my old college dictionary. It is in my newer one. Anyway, this made me rethink my solution and I quickly realized the PRISON would work just as well, and being as it is the more common word (half the US population is in prison), it would be the better choice.

According to Merriam-Webster, besides being an agent of death, a prion is also some kind of bird. I've never heard the bird reference before, but the agent of death meaning didn't come into use until 1982.

1 comment:

Ole Phat Stu said...

Of coarse(sic!) it also unjumbles to "Is porn!" ;-)

Trichotillomania rulez!