Home » Dictionary » radwaste

radwaste

radwaste
 n.— «Joseph R. Egan, a nuclear engineer-turned-lawyer who led Nevada’s legal campaign to block a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, died Wednesday at his home in Naples, Fla. He was 53.…He had arranged for his ashes to be spread at Yucca Mountain, in Southern Nevada, with the words “radwaste buried here only over my dead body.”» —“Joseph Egan, Lawyer Who Fought Nuclear Waste Site, Is Dead at 53″ by Matthew L. Wald New York Times May 12, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

1 comment
  • “Radwaste” goes back to at least 1966 in UK usage. (It is in the 1998 Chambers.) In the first half of 1966 I worked in a UK laboratory where small items containing radioactive materials were used. There were bins for the disposal of classified documents and hardware, above which was a notice, in big, red letters: “NO RADWASTE. CALL EXT nnnn FOR DISPOSAL”

Further reading

Tiger Tail (episode #1540)

You may have a favorite word in English, but what about your favorite in another language? The Spanish term ojalá is especially handy for expressing hopefulness and derives from Arabic for “God willing.” In Trinidad, if you want to ask...

Clever Clogs (episode #1539)

Ribbon fall. Gallery forest. You won’t find terms like these in most dictionaries, but they and hundreds like them are discussed by famous writers in the book Home Ground: A Guide to the American Landscape. The book is an intriguing collection...