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    #1

    What does "but one" mean here?

    And what does "in our neck of the woods" mean here?

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    The progress of the human race in understanding the universe has established a small corner of order in an
    increasingly disordered universe. If you remember every word in this book, your memory will have recorded
    about two million pieces of information: the order in your brain will have increased by about two million units.
    However, while you have been reading the book, you will have converted at least a thousand calories of
    ordered energy, in the form of food, into disordered energy, in the form of heat that you lose to the air around
    you by convection and sweat. This will increase the disorder of the universe by about twenty million million
    million million units – or about ten million million million times the increase in order in your brain – and that’s if
    you remember everything in this book. In the next chapter but one I will try to increase the order in our neck of
    the woods
    a little further by explaining how people are trying to fit together the partial theories I have described
    to form a complete unified theory that would cover everything in the universe.

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    #2

    Re: What does "but one" mean here?

    The chapter after next. If you are currently reading chapter 1, then you will find that information in chapter 3.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: What does "but one" mean here?

    Hello.
    "But" means "except..." or "apart from..." in this case.
    but - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
    http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionar...ictionary/neck

    As for "in our neck of the woods", it might mean "in our brain" in this context.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 28-Jun-2012 at 17:08.

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    Re: What does "but one" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    I will try to increase the order in our neck of
    the woods
    Hi Hoper,

    See this: neck of the woods - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    Greetings,

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: What does "but one" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The chapter after next. If you are currently reading chapter 1, then you will find that information in chapter 3.
    I've never heard the phrase 'but one' used like this. Is this common usage in the UK?

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    #6

    Re: What does "but one" mean here?

    It's fairly common in BrE, in my opinion.

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    Re: What does "but one" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's fairly common in BrE, in my opinion.
    This is getting uncomfortably close to 'second [to] last' thread. (It's interesting that while 'second last' and 'second to last' are both acceptable in Br Eng, the 'to' is not optional in 'next to last'*.)

    b

    PS * Here my brain jumped a groove [and if you didn't use vinyl, or even shellac, records that metaphor won't mean much to you!]. I was thinking of the expression 'last but one'.
    Last edited by BobK; 29-Jun-2012 at 12:03. Reason: Added PS

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