Re: CHAT: Measurements (was: Re: CHAT: browsers)
|From:||Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, February 16, 2003, 15:45|
On Sat, 15 Feb 2003 14:47:45 +1100
Tristan <kesuari@...> wrote:
> Andreas Johansson wrote:
> > Tristan wrote:
> >> Well, I'll be. I think that's a bigger problem that needs rectification
> >> before we try replacing 'ten thousand' with 'myriad'. Of course, there's
> >> always the problem that people will be confused by 'a myriad of ways'
> >> (the most common meaning and perhaps the only current meaning) and 'a
> >> myriad ways'.
> > I'm not aware of any other current meaning, but then I'm a non-native
> > speaker. Anyways, crowding out this usage was kind of the point.
> It means a lot, a huge amount, but not a particular amount. It's a
> formal way of saying something like zillion, but it normally has 'of'
> after it.
> Or if that was the one you were thinking of, the dictionary says it can
> also mean 10 000 already.
I think that's what was meant. Ancient Greek [my:rios] meant "ten thousand".
As well as "lots" too.