R: Re: Zero-ness
|Date:||Friday, August 11, 2000, 13:47|
> Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote:
> > > Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2000 12:52:04 -0500
> > > From: "Thomas R. Wier" <artabanos@...>
> > > bjm10@CORNELL.EDU wrote:
> > > > On Wed, 9 Aug 2000, Vasiliy Chernov wrote:
> > > > > "Nihilar"? :)
> > > > > (Don't ask me how to pronounce this in English)
> > > > It would end up being something like /ni:-laR/ in my dialect
> > > If I had to use it, I would feel compelled to pronounce the <h>,
> > > which makes it sound awkward for me. Thus, my resistence of the
> > > term.
> > Well, the Romans themselves dropped the haitch, so shrug off that
> > compulsion. Make both nihilar and nilar official spellings and let
> > everybody pronounce it like Bryan does.
> Heh. Unless I wanted to be ultraprescriptivist, in which case I
> would insist on Cato the Elder's use. If it's good enough for
> Lucretius, it's good enough for me! :)
To say it with Cicero...
O tempora, O mores! : = )