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Old 12th April 2014, 04:15 AM   #1
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Default Jiffy a multi purpose word

Hi
I looked up the word Jiffy that apparently has a definition in electronics namely
"In electronics, a jiffy is the time between alternating current power cycles,[2] 1/60 or 1/50
of a second in most mains power supplies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiffy_(time)

So next time someone says "that will take me a picosecond longer" they can have a bit more time by saying, "I will have that done in a jiffy"

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Old 13th April 2014, 11:48 AM   #2
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I have to admit, I have heard many unspecified time references, but " take me a picosecond longer" in not one of them.

I bet the list of synonyms across languages and cultures is long.
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Default Related Question on Time Units

Why hasn't anybody suggested that calculations could be so-much-simpler if we used a metric-based system of time units? Instead of all the confusion caused by 60 minutes to an hour, 24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year (sometimes), etc, we should replace them by units related by powers-of-ten. I suggest calling it the "while", so we could have 10 whiles in a "long while", one-tenth of a while could be a "little while", etc.

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How long is whiling away the time?
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I had a while time last night with an old college buddy.
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