Raymond Tomlinson (1941-2016) Tribute List

Raymond Tomlinson died on March 7, 2016 at the age of 74. Raymond Tomlinson was a computer programmer and one of the early pioneers of e-mail. Specifically, he was the man responsible for choosing the "@" sign to go in email addresses. Of course the sign soon became so widely used that it is now known as the "at-sign" and for some it is fast replacing that sequence of letters, "a-t", and may soon appear everywhere the letters appear together, regardless of pronounciation. It is an open question as to whether or not @ will replace "a-t" altogether, but to remember Mr. Tomlinson, here is a list of words with the "a-t" sequence in them, and how these words would look with "@" signs replacing the letters. It is no doubt an encouraging sign to those who dislike abbreviations and shortcuts in texting and email that many of these words still look quite strange with the @ in place.

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  1. catatonic
    characterized by unresponsiveness or lack of movement
    She frequently descended into catatonic psychosis, a condition marked by periods of not being able to move, interspersed with overactive movement.Washington Post (Oct 30, 2015)
  2. dilatation
    the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions
    It is a serious affection associated with pain over the heart, fever, shortness of breath, rapid pulse and dilatation of the heart.Various
  3. natatorium
    pool that provides a facility for swimming
    They are some of the fastest, young swimmers from across the southeast region, and they’re racing against the clock at the Biloxi Natatorium.Washington Times (Jun 28, 2014)
  4. ratatouille
    a vegetable stew made with tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini
    I make at least two batches of ratatouille — that Provençal melange of eggplant, zucchini, onions, peppers and tomatoes — every summer.Washington Post (Jul 27, 2015)
  5. caveat
    a warning against certain acts
    She also said the mouse results would have to be confirmed by other labs first, a standard caveat for research.US News (Feb 25, 2016)
  6. atrophy
    a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
    For missions longer than a few days, astronauts also have to worry about bone density, muscle atrophy, and cosmic radiation.MSNBC (Feb 28, 2016)
  7. attrition
    a wearing down to weaken or destroy
    Pitching injuries have become such a part of the game, Coppolella said, that every team must plan for some sort of attrition during the season.Washington Times (Mar 5, 2016)
  8. irate
    feeling or showing extreme anger
    On my most recent flight the passenger next to me grew progressively irate and finally started cursing.New York Times (Feb 29, 2016)
  9. satire
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
    “Airport” helped inspire the Zucker brothers’ antic “Airplane!” satire, in which the filmmakers hoped to cast Mr. Kennedy as the bumbling plane dispatcher.Washington Post (Feb 29, 2016)
  10. mutate
    undergo a change or alteration in form or qualities
    But cancers mutate as they grow and immune cells can lose sight of their targets.The Guardian (Mar 3, 2016)
  11. apathy
    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
    To address the slot machine apathy, casinos in past years updated machines with more pop culture references, like Star Wars themed gambling machines.Washington Times (Feb 5, 2016)
  12. satiate
    fill to satisfaction
    Plus, the extra protein from the Greek yogurt and the healthy fat in the peanut butter means you'll be satiated for hours.US News (Mar 7, 2016)
  13. infatuated
    marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness
    If a person can be in love with a house, it's not far off to say Gamwell is deeply infatuated with this one.Los Angeles Times (Feb 28, 2016)
Created on March 7, 2016 (updated March 7, 2016)

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