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Re: CHAT: Need a word for these!

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 30, 2002, 17:39
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.) Why U for voltage/electromotive force?
> I disagree. The big power of grammar is to be able to make us understand new > information, even with lack of reference. It's typically what makes languages > open systems instead of closed ones (even compounds are the semantic > appropriation of grammatical relationships).
Indeed. -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Herman Miller <hmiller@...>