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The Words We Use —

MAGNOLIA — A member of a large family of evergreen shrubs and trees sporting showy, generally white, blossoms.

The one most familiar to us is the stately magnolia tree found in the southern states of our country and characterized by large, waxy, dark leaves supporting huge, pallet-sized white blossoms.

The magnolia tree spans two continents since it is also native to southern Asia.

Its seeds are equally dramatic, consisting of a cone-like cylinder, studded with deep red kernels, similar to a stunted ear of corn.

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OHM — A unit of electrical resistance.

The Paris Electrical Congress of 1881 decreed that an ampere was the measure of an electrical current that one volt sends through one ohm.

In 1827, a German physicist, Georg Simon Ohm (1787-1854) published a study of electrical current that, eventually, formed the foundation of all electrical measures.

 

Although his work received scant initial reaction, recognition came in 1841 when the British Royal Society awarded him a medal and, posthumously, the International Electrical Congress ruled in 1893 that his name be henceforth given to the unit of electrical resistance initially identified by the 1881 Paris Electrical Congress.

The Words We Use is by Milan Michalec

 

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