nurdle

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Etymology[edit]

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Verb[edit]

nurdle (third-person singular simple present nurdles, present participle nurdling, simple past and past participle nurdled)

  1. (cricket) To score runs by gently nudging the ball into vacant areas of the field.[2]
  2. (conversation) To gently waffle or muse on a subject which one clearly knows little about.

Noun[edit]

nurdle (plural nurdles)

  1. (cricket) Such a shot.
  2. A cylindrical shaped pre-production plastic pellet used in manufacturing and packaging.
    • 2015 March 27, Amanda Schupak, “Plastic pellets found in puffin tummies”, in CBS News:
      Puffins on the Isle of May are nibbling on nurdles, the little nuggets that serve as raw materials for plastics manufacturing.
    • 2022 February 9, Karen McVeigh, “‘Oil spills of our time’: experts sound alarm about plastic lost in cargo ship disasters”, in The Guardian[1], Guardian Media Group, retrieved 2022-02-11, Seascape: the state of our oceans:
      Researchers analysed samples of nurdles and burnt lumps of plastic from four Sri Lankan beaches for heavy metals and various chemicals, including benzotriazole UV-stabilisers, which are used to prevent discoloration in plastics, bisphenols and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
  3. A blob of toothpaste shaped like a wave, often depicted on toothpaste packaging.[3][4]
    • 2010 July 29, Jonathan Stempel, “Colgate, Glaxo sue over toothpaste "nurdle"”, in Reuters:
      Each company is seeking the right to depict, and to stop the other from depicting, a “nurdle,” a wave-shaped toothpaste blob that sits on a toothbrush head.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=47728 Language Log 2020-07-19 Nurdles
  2. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/england/6668549.stm 1349: "Collingwood picks up the first run after lunch with a nurdle to wide mid-on."
  3. ^ http://www.doubletongued.org/index.php/dictionary/nurdle/
  4. ^ http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2010/07/29/colgate-glaxosmithkline-set-to-battle-over-toothpaste-nurdle/ Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2010, "Colgate, GlaxoSmithKline, Set to Battle Over Toothpaste ‘Nurdle’"

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