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Thudpucker
03-04-2010, 08:31 PM
Unfortunately a college student has started a popular petition that the new prefix be 'hella'

Because, like, hella is a lot.








:nonono2:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/7352204/Hella-number-scientists-call-for-new-word-for-1000000000000000000000000000.html


Austin Sendek, the physics student at the University of California who started the campaign, said that recent scientific developments required that the scales of measurement be extended.

"The analysis of many physical phenomena reveals natural quantities in excess of 27 orders of magnitude, a number which is currently ignored by the SI system," he wrote on the Facebook petition outlining the case for the hella.

Hella is North Californian slang for "very" or "a lot of". Mr Sendek and his supporters argue that its adoption would be a fitting honour for the state's impressive record of scientific research.

shoelaceless
03-04-2010, 08:34 PM
Heh.

xyzzy
03-04-2010, 08:42 PM
I've never really understood why this slang term has been singled out for disdain.

LordKinbote
03-04-2010, 08:52 PM
I vote for the inchometer, just to *really* confuse the heck out of people.

dmh3000
03-05-2010, 02:00 AM
Why can't we come up with a different invented word? Like Blubglub? Or non-retarded.

19bernardo87
03-05-2010, 03:53 AM
We need also the opposite side.

I volunteer "itty"

Martin J
03-05-2010, 03:59 AM
I have no problem with hella after all the prefix for -28 is a barn.

TIP
03-05-2010, 04:02 AM
Plook

Natty P, Scientific Adventurer
03-05-2010, 04:28 AM
Only peripherally related, but it's embarrassing that we still haven't adopted the metric system. It's far and away better than the English system of weights and measures.

The Clone Ranger
03-05-2010, 05:23 AM
Hella is North Californian? I thought it was from Boston?

Your Pal, Carl
03-05-2010, 06:02 AM
As soon as you said hella I knew this was going to have something to do with the bay area. :lol:

SidekicksRevenge
03-05-2010, 06:06 AM
We hate Cartman, because he says 'hella.'

Doug
03-05-2010, 06:13 AM
Hella is North Californian? I thought it was from Boston?

I thought Boston was "wicked."

Natty P, Scientific Adventurer
03-05-2010, 06:52 AM
Hella is North Californian? I thought it was from Boston?

What gave you that idea?

Jason California
03-05-2010, 06:58 AM
Hella is North Californian? I thought it was from Boston?


I thought that was wicked.


EDIT: so did Doug.

The Clone Ranger
03-05-2010, 07:01 AM
I thought Boston was "wicked."


I thought that was wicked.

EDIT: so did Doug.


What gave you that idea?

I don't know. Whatever it was, apparently it was wrong. :)

Criden
03-05-2010, 07:02 AM
Hella is definitely Northern Californian, but I think I've occasionally heard it out of a Bostonian. They do usually stick to Wicked, though. The play, and the word. It's their favorite play.

Also, one less commonly known is the Midwestern addition of "hey?" at the end of sentences (similar to the Canadian use of "eh?").

Perhaps a Bostonian transplant who'd previously lived in Northern California and the Midwest might say: "This weather is hella wicked awesome, hey?" (Or perhaps not.)