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CHAT: German elements (was: Re: Basic English)

From:Grandsire, C.A. <grandsir@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 14, 1999, 8:02
Nik Taylor wrote:
> > abrigon wrote: > > > > Yes, but can't some compromise be done, to use English roots? > > Sure. It would just require a lot more than 800 words. > > There's a fairly well-known essay called "Uncleftish Beholding" (Atomic > Theory) discussing atomic physics in all Germanic roots: >
Wow! nearly unreadable! :) Even if I knew German I think I would have a hard time reading this :) . I already knew that Germans used self-made words for the elements and all other things of Atomic Physics and Quantum Mechanics (like Wasserstoef for Hydrogen, if I remember correctly). I find it strange and confusing (especially for German students), especially when you know that the Greek-Latin-like names are international. -- Christophe Grandsire Philips Research Laboratories -- Building WB 145 Prof. Holstlaan 4 5656 AA Eindhoven The Netherlands Phone: +31-40-27-45006 E-mail: