Saturday, April 27, 2013


I was reminded of our naughty knots in's word of the day. All indicative of that excess or remainder that is not captured by any model or grid. However a model that includes this 'wild hair' might then be called an aleastory?

aleatory \EY-lee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, AL-ee-\, adjective:

1. of or pertaining to accidental causes; of luck or chance; unpredictable: an aleatory element.
2. Law. depending on a contingent event: an aleatory contract.
3. Music. employing the element of chance in the choice of tones, rests, durations, rhythms, dynamics, etc.

Hailing from the Latin word meaning "the dice" or "chance" alea, aleatory first surfaced in English in the late seventeenth century.

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