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Re: Genitive Relationships again

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 16, 1999, 15:02
Albert REINER wrote:

> I don't know anything about Earth, but maybe this was inspired by > something like Latin "altus" or similar words that --- in other > languages --- may be translated in two radically different forms.
Actually "altus" has a very simple unified definition: something is "altus" if the distance between its top and its bottom is large. The English "high" and "deep" (and their counterparts in other languages) make a distinction based on where you are standing: if at the bottom, it's "high"; if at the top, it's "deep".
> I > very much doubt that Taelonites (or whatever their name) feel any kind > of incompatibility between the two notions; they probably only say > that the amount of peacefulness/anger that they have in mind in their > approaching the others (whoever they be) is far removed from some > ordinary, indifferent state. Put differently: they have a _very_ > well-defined idea of the peacefulness in which they approach others.
You may be right. -- John Cowan You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn. You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn. Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)