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Re: "Usefull languages"

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Saturday, February 23, 2002, 1:42
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. The fact that most of the *actions* so named are infrequent nowadays means the terms are rarely used. 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.
> And for what it's worth, quilting bees will always be with us > so long as interested ladies (most usually) are willing to > knock together something nice for the church bazaar's auction > or raffle.
Good point. defines "bee" in this sense as an assembly of people for a particular purpose", and refers its etymology to an English dialect form "been" < ME bene 'blessing, help'. I think rather of the cooperative activity of bees (the insects). There is a separate definition of "spelling bee", along the lines I gave earlier.
> What other things do you know of can be done by bees, apart > from quilting and houseraising?
Canning? -- John Cowan To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all. There are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful. --_The Hobbit_


Padraic Brown <agricola@...>
Padraic Brown <agricola@...>