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Quirk

quirk

1. A sudden turn; a starting from the point or line; hence, an artful evasion or subterfuge; a shift; a quibble; as, the quirks of a pettifogger. Some quirk or . . . Evasion. We ground the justification of our nonconformity on dark subtilties and intricate quirks. (barrow)

2. A fit or turn; a short paroxysm; a caprice. Quirks of joy and grief.

3. A smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit. Some odd quirks and remnants of wit. (Shak)

4. An irregular air; as, light quirks of music.

5. A piece of ground taken out of any regular ground plot or floor, so as to make a court, yard, etc.; sometimes written quink.

6. A small channel, deeply recessed in proportion to its width, used to insulate and give relief to a convex rounded molding. Quirk molding, a bead between two quirks.

Origin: Cf W. Chwiori to turn briskly, or E. Queer.


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Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

I'd always thought this was just me... a quirk of my brain that wasn't shared by anyone. Good to hear there are others. For me it's always another person making the sounds, probably because the state it induces forces you not to think to much, ...

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Fri Dec 03, 2010 1:22 pm
 
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