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CHAT: halation (was: Re: Japanese English)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, March 24, 2000, 18:30
At 1:53 am +0000 24/3/00, And Rosta wrote:
>Roger Mills: >> << I wondered that about 'halation'. But if this one is a word, 'escalation' >> could well be :) . >> >> Perhaps a root erroneously extracted from inhale/inhalation/exhalation? so, >> "breathing"?? Nothing would surprise me here, > >Why would it be erroneous? There's a Latin _halare_, isn't there?
There is. But recourse to an English dictionary will tell you that halation is an English word formed from 'halo'; it means: "a blurring in a photograph by reflection & dispersion of light; a bright area around a bright spot on a florescent screen." Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================