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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Oh, I see. Well, what did they call it before they called it a Spoiler:
tsunami?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

....Duh. Come on Cam. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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....Duh. Come on Cam. Embarassed


And I thought you were just playing with me. Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cambo wrote:
....Duh. Come on Cam. Embarassed


And I thought you were just playing with me. Shocked


Bah, it's been known in English since at least the 1950's, though I admit it didn't come into "see it every day" usage until one killed a bunch of people, thereby attaining de rigueur status for every bubble-headed, hyper-exaggerated rhetorical mole-hill that arises.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cambo wrote:
....Duh. Come on Cam. Embarassed


And I thought you were just playing with me. Shocked


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On a related matter, why do they call the caesures "falls"? What do they know about them that they aren't saying?

Answering something four years late...

This *could* be an error on SRD's part with the Latin etymology of the word caesura (meaning a sudden break or cutting off, usually used in music to describe a sudden ending). The roots of this word (and of its anglicised equivalent "caesure" as used in the LCs) comes from the Latin verb caedo, caedere, cecidi, caesus (I cut - present tense, to cut - infinitive, I cut - past tense, cut - past participle)

The very similar verb "to fall" - cado, cadere, cecidi, casus (I fall, to fall, I fell, fallen) - may explain the reason why SRD chose for the Haruchai to call the caesures "falls".

Here endeth the lesson. (Either that, or far more likely he did it quite deliberately... with his eclectic and adept usage of language, I wouldn't bet the farm on pointing out apparent errors). Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Relayer wrote:
On a related matter, why do they call the caesures "falls"? What do they know about them that they aren't saying?

Answering something four years late...

This *could* be an error on SRD's part with the Latin etymology of the word caesura (meaning a sudden break or cutting off, usually used in music to describe a sudden ending). The roots of this word (and of its anglicised equivalent "caesure" as used in the LCs) comes from the Latin verb caedo, caedere, cecidi, caesus (I cut - present tense, to cut - infinitive, I cut - past tense, cut - past participle)

It could be. But, I've run across caesura more in poetry [though it means basically the same as the musical usage...a stop/break, technically in the middle of a foot, IIRC] A fall is a geological break, like where hard mountains meet softer earth/rock...which the Haruchai would obviously be familiar with. That connection makes sense to me, considering the sight of the Haruchai.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vraith wrote:
TheFallen wrote:
Relayer wrote:
On a related matter, why do they call the caesures "falls"? What do they know about them that they aren't saying?

Answering something four years late...

This *could* be an error on SRD's part with the Latin etymology of the word caesura (meaning a sudden break or cutting off, usually used in music to describe a sudden ending). The roots of this word (and of its anglicised equivalent "caesure" as used in the LCs) comes from the Latin verb caedo, caedere, cecidi, caesus (I cut - present tense, to cut - infinitive, I cut - past tense, cut - past participle)

It could be. But, I've run across caesura more in poetry [though it means basically the same as the musical usage...a stop/break, technically in the middle of a foot, IIRC] A fall is a geological break, like where hard mountains meet softer earth/rock...which the Haruchai would obviously be familiar with. That connection makes sense to me, considering the sight of the Haruchai.


"Sight of the Haruchai"? What is that a reference to?
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