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October 10, 2008


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This reminds me of a quote from the brilliant Anna Russell routine "How to Write a Gilbert and Sullivan Opera":

"You start with a homogenous chorus. Now, I know some of you are going to say 'that's not homogenous, that's homogeneous.' But no, I mean homogenous, as in milk."

Love the blog!

I'm with you up until "homogenized milk." It was always my understanding (as someone whose tenth-grade science teacher drilled into his skull the distinction between homogenous and homogeneous, and in fact used homo milk as an example) that homogenized milk is made homogeneous.

That is, whole milk will tend to separate into two layers of different composition: cream on top and milk on the bottom. This arrangement is described as heterogeneous -- the opposite of "having like composition or structure." In contrast, homogenized milk is made not to separate, and is therefore homogeneous.

@Regan: I stand corrected on the milk issue!

This was so interesting. Thanks for pointing that out. I would have skipped over David's comment, understanding what he meant and never thought about the two different words.

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