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Chris -- 2015-05-30

#1 2006-01-05 14:02:26

From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'add infinitum' for 'ad infinitum'

‘Ad infinitum’ is Latin for ‘to the infinite,’ and is used to describe an unending or indefinitely repeating process. One can hear it as ‘add infinitum,’ i.e., keep on adding without limit. This reshaped version is especially eggcornish when used in a numerical context. About 1600 ghits:

To put it mathematically, while we can always find a number greater than another, and then the next, add infinitum, without limit, we cannot get to a number … 3369-whats-half-forever-5.html

Zero creates a vacuum and this allows us to aggregate one from the whole, or two,three, four, five, add infinitum, but always, and only within …

obviously it’s not going to be as great the second or third time around (fifth, sixth, add infinitum) as it was the first.

The rock will then travel half the remaining distance, then half of that remaining distance, etc, add infinitum.

Central bankers cannot go on blowing bubbles add infinitum.

If something supernatural can exist – why not something beyond that, ie super supernatural, and so on add infinitum?

... the uncertainties in our uncertainties, and the uncertainties of those uncertainties,and the uncertainties of those uncertainties, and so on add infinitum!



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