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Re: "Usefull languages"

From:Padraic Brown <agricola@...>
Date:Saturday, February 23, 2002, 1:42
Am 16.02.02, John Cowan yscrifef:

> Padraic Brown scripsit: > > > Then I guess you really can't say the cooperative sort is the > > "normal" meaning... > > Well, in most constructions involving "bee" it is cooperative.
Only, that doesn't jive with the dearth of cooperative bees in US American culture. That was my point. Those other constructions (quilting, canning, etc.) seem to be rapidly becomming archaic.
> The fact that most of the *actions* so named are infrequent nowadays > means the terms are rarely used.
Which is why it really can no longer be the "normal" meaning. Just a shift from the once more common cooperative events to the now more common competitive school events.
> The word "amphora" is not obsolete, > but it is rarely used simply because we do not make amphorae any more > and so don't need the word much; nonetheless, when we do talk about > them, it is the correct and current word.
"We" usually being classicists, archaeologists, Latinists, etc. Though, you do find them in import shops with some frequency. Or at least things _called_ amphoras that are made of earthenware and vaguely amphora shaped.
> > What other things do you know of can be done by bees, apart > > from quilting and houseraising? > > Canning?
I wondered about that, but don't recall ever hearing of one. Besides, how'd you fit all those women, vegetables, jars, etc. in one kitchen? ;) Padraic. -- Gwerez dah, chee gwaz vaz, ha leal.


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