Wallflower Words: Quantise (v.) January 18, 2010Posted by Olivia McDowell in Cinema, Earworms, Etcetera, Videorama, Wallflower Words, Words.
Tags: Bass, Etymology, James Bond, Music, OED, Quantise, Quantize, Quantum of Solace, Shure, The xx, Wallflower Words
Wallflower Words is a series of Proof (v.) posts dedicated to beautiful but under-appreciated and seldom-encountered words. Those that are never invited to dance at the parlance party; those that deserve more exposure than is currently afforded by contemporary trends in popular English. This is their turn on the dancefloor.
The Word: Quantise (v.)
[or Quantize (v.), depending on your hemisphere]
Huh? To divide into discrete units or into the smallest possible component parts; to express in terms of quanta.
As in? Solace, quantised. Not really. More like “Could you kindly quantise how many times you have rewatched Quantum of Solace?”. [I could not]. Or “Please quantise the expression on your face while listening to The xx on new birthday earphones”.
Again, I shurely could not.
And? Well, it just sounds cooler than ‘quantify’, despite being more or less synonymous. Note to self: preference ‘quantise’ whenever possible. Especially when describing nerdy, spacey, technobabble [<alt="cool">]stuff.