Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Word of the day: invidious

The word of the day is invidious:
  1. calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful
  2. offensively or unfairly discriminating; injurious
  3. causing or tending to cause animosity, resentment, or envy
  4. Obsoleteenvious.
c.1600, from L. invidiosus "envious," from invidia "ill will" (see envy).


"When the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices requires that the yellow change interval be determined by application of 'engineering practices,' such practices necessarily include using engineering judgment, which may not be quantifiable but is certainly not invidious."

 - Henry Petroski, "Traffic Signals, Dilemma Zones, and Red-Light Cameras", May-June 2016 American Scientist (http://www.americanscientist.org/my_amsci/restricted.aspx?act=pdf&id=61634462538130)

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