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Small steps, quantum leaps

By Tdol on Jul 12, 2005 | | 8 Comments

A student contacted me about the phrase 'quantum leap', which she had seen in a text she was reading at work. Her sense told her it meant a big step, but her dictionary only told her that quantum was the smallest discrete quantity of a physical property. She had run into a dreaded contranym.

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