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Old 03-04-2010, 03:41 AM   #16
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In order to provide the proper amount of oxygen for the fire to burn correctly there needs to be 50 cubic feet of free air space for every 1000 BTU's, that's combustion air. It can be brought into the furnace room from outside or other rooms via holes in the walls covered by grills for looks. Need to look a the furnace BTU,get the tape measure out and get to ciphering.

Ciphering?

I heard that word used on Beverly Hillbillies. Jethro was doing his "ciphering" (math) home work.

I thought that was just some writer's made up word.

First time I ever heard it used outside the TV show.

Is ciphering the commonly used word when you make measurements?

Not being disrespectful just curious.


Meet one good 'ol boy who said he was from the Deep Woods Holler'; he called a pencil a writing stick.

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My dad is from WV and I'm an avid hunter and trapper so mom always said we were a bunch of hillbillys. When my daughter was in first grade they had kids from all over the world. One day the teacher had them talk about each of their ethnic backgrounds. When it was her turn she proudly proclaimed to be 3/4th hillbilly. Some things are just too good to let go so ciphering from the beverly hillbillys became a normal word in our vocabulary. First time I heard "ciphering the angle of the dangle" was at work though,making an offset on a trunk line.
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Now that I think about it I have used the cipher. But in this case it meant a coded military message.

We'd be awaiting radio instructions and the radio teletype would print out
"Stand by for five page cipher". Then we'd use the code key to "de-cipher" the encrypted message.
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Ciphering and "Gizintas" 1 gizinta 2 twice, 2 gizinta 4 twice as Jethro would say. Plus "nots" for zeroes. Or zeeroes as some of my "southern" friends might say.
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Ciphering and "Gizintas" 1 gizinta 2 twice, 2 gizinta 4 twice as Jethro would say. Plus "nots" for zeroes. Or zeeroes as some of my "southern" friends might say.
The Zeros were "Noughts", Victorian English meaning zeru

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