Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one nanosecond or multiple nanoseconds.)
A nanosecond is one billionth of a second. More loosely, a nanosecond is an extremely short period of time.
You can also use "nanosecond" like an adjective in phrases like "nanosecond fame" or "nanosecond memory."
How to use it:
Talk about something lasting a nanosecond, taking a nanosecond, happening for a mere nanosecond, happening within a nanosecond, existing for a nanosecond, and so on whenever you want to emphasize just how very little time something takes.
Before posting that racist comment online, did you even stop for a nanosecond to think, "Maybe I should keep this particular thought private?"
Comcast will start hassling you the nanosecond you mention you want to discontinue your service.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "nanosecond" means when you can explain it without saying "split second" or "instant."
Think of something exciting you would love to do, and fill in the blanks: "I would say yes in a nanosecond if _____."
Example: "I would say yes in a nanosecond if someone asked me to give a guest lecture on vocabulary."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Messages that go through an automated translator into several languages and back into English again often end up sounding funny and garbled-- but still somehow meaningful. We’re having fun with that phenomenon this month as we play our game: Guess the moral from Aesop’s Fables after it has been translated into a few foreign languages and back again by a computer program. Some of the morals may be very familiar to you, others not so much. You don’t need to quote Aesop verbatim but rather just understand the message being conveyed. Try it out each day and see the right answer the following day.
Yesterday’s answer: The translation-babble said, “A wise person realized the misery and their neighbors.” Aesop said, “A discerning person is made wise by the misfortunes of his neighbors.”
Try this one today: “As clever people in trouble, he will find a way to advantage more.”
A Point Well Made:
Neil Gaiman: “Dragons have one soft spot, somewhere, always.”
1. The opposite of NANOSECOND is
2. The _____ seemed to have a nanosecond memory; he _____.
A. professor .. recalled numerous historical dates with ease.
B. stoner .. asked us the same question twice within a minute.
C. grandfather .. told vivid stories, but only of the distant past.
Answers are below.
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