Tuesday, March 30, 2004


So, I signed up for this word-a-day e-mail a long time ago and I just happened to look at this one. It's pretty weird and so is the study they did in the link at the end of the entry.

resistentialism (ri-zis-TEN-shul-iz-um). noun. The theory that inanimate objects demonstrate hostile behavior against us.

From the AWAD email: "If you ever get a feeling that the photocopy machine can sense when you're tense, short of time, need a document copied before an important meeting,
and right then it decides to take a break, you're not alone. Now you know
the word for it."

The word was coined by a humorist, but there are people who really believe it is true. Here's a report of scientific experiments confirming the validity of this theory.

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