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Re: acorns to ducks
- To: John Cowan <cowan@SNARK.THYRSUS.COM>, Eric Raymond <eric@SNARK.THYRSUS.COM>, Eric Tiedemann <est@SNARK.THYRSUS.COM>
- Subject: Re: acorns to ducks
- From: John Cowan <cbmvax!snark.thyrsus.com!cowan>
- Date: Mon, 1 Jun 1992 11:40:49 EDT
- Reply-To: John Cowan <cbmvax!snark.thyrsus.com!cowan>
- Sender: Lojban list <cbmvax!uunet!CUVMA.BITNET!uga.cc.uga.edu!LOJBAN>
nik <email@example.com> posted the following to sci.lang:
> Perhaps this would be more appropriately posted to an
> alt.something group, but ...
> One of my students recently suggested that she had heard
> of a word (and forgotten it) which meant "the process by
> which an acorn falls into the water and becomes a duck."
> Since she could not suggest the word, i had no way to
> verify the truth of this... 2 questions:
> 1> Has anyone heard of this particular (alleged :) word?
> 2> Considering that a>science is *always* coining new
> words and b>science is regularly proving itself to have
> been in error, there should be many words which have had
> value and no longer do. The odds seem good that some of
> these words will be (will have been) rather humourous.
> Can anyone suggest any of these pseudo-scientific
I suggest that an appropriate Lojban word would be:
For conlang subscribers, that breaks down as:
oak seed duck (hyphen) become process
which the rules of Lojban grouping parenthesize as:
((oak seed) (duck become)) process
e'osai ko sarji la lojban