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ass-backwards into the future

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Monday, June 14, 2004, 5:50
That's great, John.  In addition to the fact that I really love this concept
in general, it gives me a whole new understanding of  McFly in _Back to the
Future_.   :)


Stephen Hawking asks in his famous book: "why do we remember the past and
not the future?"  Well, duh.  We're going ass-backwards!  ;)

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Cowan" <cowan@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2004 6:23 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Kassi Script

> Andreas Johansson scripsit: > > > This is exactly the "Trollish perception of time" I spoke of - the
Trolls of
> > Pratchett's Discworld sees time this way. > > Supposedly Quechua is like this too: ass-backwards into the future. > > -- > John Cowan > Most languages are dramatically underdescribed, and at least one is > dramatically overdescribed. Still other languages are simultaneously > overdescribed and underdescribed. Welsh pertains to the third category. > --Alan King >