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Re: LW again -- Noun and verb

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 27, 2002, 20:25
Quoting John Cowan <jcowan@...>:

> Thomas R. Wier scripsit: > > > In linguistic terminology, yes. That does not ensure that everyone > > will immediately recognize it, however. (I have a professor who's > > very fond of the word "desideratum/a", but at first only those of us > > in his class with a classical education understood what he was talking > > about.) > > Actually, I think the pl. if not the sg. is fairly well known > at least from the well-known wall poster of that name ("Go placidly > amid the noise & haste" etc.)
Also true. But in this particular class, there were a number for whom its meaning was not obviously meaningful. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier Dept. of Linguistics "Nihil magis praestandum est quam ne pecorum ritu University of Chicago sequamur antecedentium gregem, pergentes non qua 1010 E. 59th Street eundum est, sed qua itur." -- Seneca Chicago, IL 60637