Thank you for your attention; I will now take (sensible) questions

I went to a fascinating tumour immunology seminar this morning. It was a great talk in a very informal setting, a combination that naturally encourages lots of questions. Everyone from grad students to professors chipped in with their questions and comments, and especially with suggestions for new experiments. The speaker was very enthusiastic about some of these suggestions and started setting up informal meetings to continue the discussion; these started in the corridor outside the meeting room, even as the next group was filing in to take our place.
Under these circumstances, I thought it was best that I didn’t ask my own burning question:

Was “nucular index” a deliberate typo?

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11 Responses to Thank you for your attention; I will now take (sensible) questions

  1. Bob O'Hara says:

    I guess it was uncular at the time.

  2. Cath Ennis says:

    Bob, not so much uncular as one of four column headings in a table that got passed over quite quickly!
    But of course, the most important question at any seminar is, “is our students learning?”
    Henry, that is excellent, and reminds me of something I once saw on an English language version of a restaurant menu in Bruges: “the chef’s own muscles”.

  3. Richard P. Grant says:

    Why is an article from April 2006 still premium content?
    I can access it from here, through the marvellous ezproxy arrangement, but…

  4. Maxine Clarke says:

    An avunucular comment, Richard. Including the venuncacluar.

  5. Richard P. Grant says:


  6. Maxine Clarke says:

    I was thinking of the humph.

  7. Cath Ennis says:

    It is cularly supposed to be “avunclear” and “vernaclear”. Honestly, Maxine, you’d think that a Nature editor would know better.

  8. Maxine Clarke says:

    I’ll retire to my bnurcker.

  9. steffi suhr says:

    Hmm, I wonder. I seem to remember picking up ‘nucular’ in a recent speech from Ms. Sarah Palin. Didn’t think too much of it at the time, other than it’s one of GWs favourites. Or was it one of their speech writers? Maybe they re-wrote the ditcoinray? (Cath, are you sure the seminar was about tumour immunology?)

  10. Cath Ennis says:

    Um, pretty sure… I mean I stayed awake for the whole thing and there was lots of talk about infiltrating lymphocytes, so…

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