Centripetal or centrifugal

While drive on the Saw Mill the other day and taking a turn a little too fast, I found myself thinking “am I fighting centripetal or centrifugal force? I can never remember.  Sort of like stalactites and stalagmites…”

Latin to the rescue! Centripetal from centrum petere “to seek the center.”  Centrifugal from centrum fugere “to flee the center.”

Good to know which force of nature is pulling you to your doom.

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