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One of California fires was called Slink
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DanRRight



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:06 am    Post subject: One of California fires was called Slink Reply with quote

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near Yosemite and lake Tahoe. This year we almost were burned. And looks like new wave may come if believe forecasts with +43C temperatures in a few days.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What does slink mean in this context?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm curious too. To all fires and hurricanes someone assigns their names. The one who gave this name used this Fortran compiler ?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brand names (of software, toys, food products) are usually selected/coined so as not to match common words, especially those with pejorative senses.

Perhaps this fire slunk in?

The Slinky toy has been with us for decades, and "slink" can mean "give birth to prematurely".

There is a brand of tyre gauges and air pumps named "Slime"! Anyone remember "slime in the ice machine" Marvin Zindler?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slink, a verb - to move smoothly and quietly with gliding steps, in a stealthy or sensuous manner.

Or formerly the Salford linker, now the Silverfrost linker. Was there any thought in the naming about it running smoothing? Probably not but I think that it does.
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Robert



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assume it was for Salford Linker. Salford Software couldn't ship the Microsoft COFF linker for FTN77/Win32 so a new one was written. It took quite a long time as I recall probably because it had to cope with lots of the COFF specification that in the end was not utilised.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Slink Fire was reported on August 29th at 6 p.m. in the Slinkard Valley southwest of Topaz Lake. It is burning inPonderosa Pine, Pinyon-Juniper and mixed conifer and was a result of recent lightning in the area.

The fire has grown to 18,665 acres, with 15% containment.

Evacuations are no longer in effect for Cunningham Lane south to the town of Walker. Highway 395 is open.


... named after the valey in which it is burnng (started?) then ?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good catch Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the benefit of our cousins across the pond, the past tense of:
Slink is slinked, present tense is slinking.
Dive is dived, present tense is diving.
Sneak is sneaked, present tense is sneaking.

And while I am getting things off my chest, the word "Buoy" is pronounced "boy" as in "Bouyant" and Buoyancy". Not Boo-eee!

Do not believe the "Webster's Dictionary of Misspelled words"
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and colour is pronounced color. Hmm...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whereas, it should really be pronounced "colØr", where the leter"Ø" is as used in Norwegian!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the meaning of 'sketchy' is?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that dictionary referred to is mis-spelled too !!!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A funny word: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/misspell
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ms. Spellings was Secretary of Education in the G.W. Bush administration (US).
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