Anti-collision particle physics

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From the Temu website.

They're the kind of bumper buttons you put on cabinet doors or sometimes on the bottoms of fragile things. IKEA furniture used to come with a couple of these. Just peel and stick in the corner so cabinet doors don't slam.

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[Thanks to Victor Steinbok]


  1. Dave J. said,

    March 6, 2023 @ 8:51 pm

    I’m sorry if I’m dense, but what do those Temu buttons have to do with language, linguistics, or particle physics??

  2. AntC said,

    March 7, 2023 @ 12:42 am

    (Explaining it will kill the humour.)

    Clear Anti-collision Particle is the website's product description. As VHM says, those might usually be called 'bumper buttons' or 'anti-bump buttons'.

    "Collision" and "particle" usually only appear together in context of Physics: Brownian motion, sub-atomic particles, particle accelerator/collider, etc.

    What does it have to do with linguistics? An inappropriate collocation of terms.

    What does it have to do with Language? Almost certainly that's a result of a bad translation.

    What does it have to do with Physics? Nothing. Which is rather the point.

  3. Laura Morland said,

    March 7, 2023 @ 3:02 am

    @ AntC, your explanation was so elegant and witty that it didn't kill the humo(u)r at all!

  4. Laura Morland said,

    March 7, 2023 @ 3:06 am

    P.S. Just had a second look at the ad, and I continue to be amused.

    Whether they be "inappropriately termed" or no, who would need 100 of these "anti-collision particles" at one go? Unless you're assembling 25 IKEA cabinets in one blow.

  5. Jerry Packard said,

    March 7, 2023 @ 8:51 am

    I don’t know; it seems I need a whole bunch of them to protect the cabinet doors in my kitchen!

  6. Eric said,

    March 7, 2023 @ 12:36 pm

    Well, when you're dealing with something as small as a particle, you can never have too many!

  7. Dave J. said,

    March 7, 2023 @ 1:54 pm

    @ AntC — Now I get it. Haha (I think).

  8. unekdoud said,

    March 11, 2023 @ 4:21 am

    I think I'm subconsciously processing this as "anti-particle collision", which could be orders of magnitude more or less risky depending on the context.

    Something more physicist-appropriate for a (clear) anti-collision particle might be a neutrino, but that also makes it basically impossible to get 100 of them in the mail to attach to your furniture.

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