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Re: CHAT: Need a word for these!

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Thursday, January 31, 2002, 4:02
On Wed, 30 Jan 2002 12:39:49 -0500, John Cowan <jcowan@...>

>Christophe Grandsire wrote: > >> To take a contrived example, if I give you "U", "R" and "I", what do you think >> of? Well, my engineering trained brains immediately recognises Ohm's Law: U=RI. > > >Wow, I always think of Ohm's law as R=I/V. To me "URI" suggests >Uniform Resource Identifier, one of those things beginning http:// >or ftp:// or urn:. (The ones that don't begin with urn: are >Uniform Resource Locators, or URLs.)
And I always thought of Ohm's Law as E = IR. It seems that even mathematical formulas need translation from one language or dialect to another! (ObConlang: Tirelhat borrows the words "ohm", "volt", and "watt" for the names of these units. However, "volt" ends up as "volht" [vOKt] due to Tirelhat rules of phonotactics -- /l/ and /lh/ are both fricatives in Tirelhat, and voiced fricatives are not allowed before voiceless stops.)


Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Florian Rivoal <florian.rivoal@...>