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September 15, 2008

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Very nice word for that familiar activity.

Re: 'has a second meaning...' - I thought that that was rather the primary meaning, the mental predicate 'to ruminate' being derived from what ruminants do with their food.

@Mark: It may have been the original meaning, but the three dictionaries I consulted (Shorter OED, Webster's 3rd, American Heritage) all give "to contemplate; turn over in the mind" as the first definition, and "to chew a cud" as the second.

I was very excited to read the article you reference and made note of the word, too. Always a relief in some ways to discover that an activity or process actually has a name.

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