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• CommentRowNumber1.
• CommentAuthorUrs
• CommentTimeJan 27th 2020

starting a category:reference-entry – not done yet (on my phone here…)

• CommentRowNumber2.
• CommentAuthorDavid_Corfield
• CommentTimeJan 27th 2020
• (edited Jan 27th 2020)

Filled in one of the inaudibles at 18.55, ’the truth will out’. From Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, apparently.

• CommentRowNumber3.
• CommentAuthorDavid_Corfield
• CommentTimeJan 27th 2020

Another, ’rash predictions’ at 20.54.

• CommentRowNumber4.
• CommentAuthorUrs
• CommentTimeJan 27th 2020

Thanks!

• CommentRowNumber5.
• CommentAuthorUrs
• CommentTimeJan 27th 2020

I decide hereby the the inaudible in the sentence at 8:24 must have been “gravity”.

With that, only the inaudible word in the sentence at 4:50 remains, which is genuinely inaudible because somebody else is coughing.

But here it is clear what the intention was. It must be something like “membranes were not completely $[$misguided$]$”. But since the inaudible is evidently a single syllable word, probably it’s just “membranes were not completely wrong”.

• CommentRowNumber6.
• CommentAuthorDavid_Corfield
• CommentTimeJan 27th 2020

But that doesn’t make sense with regard to the Pyrrhic victory comment. It must be that it’s a victory that the ’M’ gets acknowledged, but at some cost.

• CommentRowNumber7.
• CommentAuthorUrs
• CommentTimeJan 27th 2020
• (edited Jan 27th 2020)

Sure, the membrane theory got recognized as right, but at the cost of only being acknowledged as not completely wrong.

“It was saying: Well maybe membranes were not completely $[$wrong$]$.”

We need some one-syllable word roughly synonymous. There don’t seem too many choices. But I could go and check with Mike Duff, not that we put words in his mouth.

• CommentRowNumber8.
• CommentAuthorDavid_Corfield
• CommentTimeJan 28th 2020

You’d think as a Brit I should be able to hear it, but all I get is a non-word ’choor’. So better to check with him.

• CommentRowNumber9.
• CommentAuthorDavid_Corfield
• CommentTimeJan 28th 2020

It was saying: “Well, maybe membranes. We’re not completely sure.”

That makes sense.

• CommentRowNumber10.
• CommentAuthorUrs
• CommentTimeJan 28th 2020
• (edited Jan 28th 2020)

That makes sense! That would be Witten’s non-committal use of the term. I’ll go with this in the transcript for the time being, but will try to double check with Mike Duff.