Definition: density

Pronunciation: DORD


The second edition of Webster’s New International Dictionary was published in 1934; unlike the previous edition, this one went beyond the plain definition of the words included, and elaborated upon the words’ etymology, as well as possible variations to spelling or pronunciation.

Why this word?

Because the Webster definition for ‘dord’, did not include any of the above; it only stated the word to be a noun, situated it within the realms of chemistry and physics and provided the brief definition of ‘density’. Soon thereafter physicists and chemists began writing in, saying they had never heard of the word, letters that set a 5 year investigation in motion, after which the truth came out- the abbreviations “d” or “D”, which really do represent density, were supposed to appear in the abbreviations’ section of the dictionary, but the letters were pushed together to create the term ‘dord’ which indeed found its way to the dictionary.

This is probably the best scientific error which is a great reason to ‘why this word!’. And if this isn’t enough, this  word was offered to us by Daniel Milstein, thank you Daniel!

How to use the word dord in a sentence?

Well, dord is not really a word; it was a timely mistake that is by now long gone from the dictionary. Since I discovered this word, I found myself using it as a metaphor a few tmes, which also led to the writing of this post. If you’re asking me, dord is a great metaphor for an intelligent mistake!

“USA is north to Canada…? Well that’s a dord!”

“Your paper is well written, but many of your ‘facts’ are not more than dords…”


What do you think?

1000 points
Upvote Downvote

Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


Leave a Reply