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Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin

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Hello:

... don't think it means what he thinks it means.

No, not in English:

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dispositive - adjective

law US specialized

uk: /dɪsˈpɒz.ə.tɪv/

us: /dɪsˈpɑː.zə.t̬ɪv/

deciding a matter finally, or relating to the process of doing this:

No single factor is ordinarily dispositive.

The surveyor left off the original boundary lines, and that proved to be the dispositive fact in this appeal.

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The chap is German, but in French (eg: dispositif), in Spanish (eg: dispositivo) and probably other languages with the same shared roots, it can also mean device or machinery, etc.

O.

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