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hypotenusing

zero derivation from hypotenuse (n) to hypotenuse (v); verb to cut across to shorten your path
To take a shortcut in one's path in order to shorten the length of the distance one must walk, usually by a trivial amount. Instead of walking on the paved path, one takes a diagonal path, hence the word, "hypotenusing." Often, the new path deviates from the path paved out, and is so often traveled that the new path is formed where it was not originally designed to be.
 
I don't understand why the Rice architects bothered leaving such big grassy areas if everyone is hypotenusing across them to the point where all the grass is going to die here anyway.
Etymology : hypotenusing (v): zero derivation from hypotenuse (n) + -ing suffix; hypotenuse 1570s from Late Latin "hypotenusa," from Greek "hypoteinousa,"meaning 'stretching under" (the right angle). feminine present participle of "hypoteinein," from "hypo," meaning "under" + "teinein," meaning "to stretch."
Source : Conversation with friend. October 23, 2013
Last modified: 22 November 2013


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