I was watching a show on tv a few minutes ago and they were showing us how apples were processed before being cooked in a factory-made apple pie. The apples are all dumped together in a large (very large) tub (see happy-hippopotamus-pool-sized-tank) full of water, then are singulated by a singulating machine
Singulate? I looked it up. This program was on Discovery Max, so I guess they know how to speak, right? Well, “to singulate” doesn’t really appear in any “real” dictionary and, as wordpress keeps reminding me via a lovely little red dotted line under all the “singulate”s I’ve just written, it isn’t really considered a word. But the Urban Dictionary has it (“to un duplicate or divide until there is one unit , reduced.”) and it is being used in the web. To singulate means to choose one of, to take one, to “single-out” one (does that phrasal verb exist or did I invent it now? To single out. No it must… right? Anyway…). Where does this verb come from? “Singulation” is a method in which some complicated machinery thing identifies a tag with a specific serial number (I didn’t make it up, here it is!) but apart from that no official document has been found (by me, in the last five/ten minutes). It’s certainly a word, other people use it and… I guess I will, too.