01-19-10, 07:36 PM #21
Her name is Zoe.The name occurred to me in approximately two seconds. The explanation? Well, I went into the store . . . . Like I said, two seconds.Now, take that sort of explanation and try to apply it to something that is actually complicated to begin with.. . . . Zoe, which name is conventionally translated as "life" . . . .Most people I know, even the one with the English degree from a prestigious university, or the advanced degrees in my circle, don't or can't express themselves like this.Additionally, a friend suggests that music is a language unto itself.I could not write in prose an English translation of what Brian Wilson's "Our Prayer" actually means. Or Yngwie Malmsteen's "Crying". Beethoven's Ninth is actually based on a poem, and the Third ("Eroica") was originally dedicated to Napoleon. Yet in either case, the music expresses additional sentiments that few, if any, could translate into any conventional language.English is actually a very limited language.There is a Hopi word, "tunatyava", that translates approximately to "comes true, being hoped for". It is an awkward concept to one who speaks and thinks primarily in English. Having encountered analyses of the word before, I still cannot tell you how the word would be applied.It is said that Eskimos have hundreds of words for snow, and whether or not this is overstated is beyond me.But, for comparison, Douglas Adams once wrote a character who documented the kinds of rain that fell in England. Rather than having individual words for each kind of rain, most of the differences were in adjectives attached to a few different words.Our language often seems complete, but only because in our minds it must be.
- Nominative singular: thou
- Accusative singular: thee
- Nominative plural: ye
- Accusative plural: you
01-21-10, 11:29 AM #22
01-21-10, 11:37 AM #23
The military applications of gunpowder began in the Tang Dynasty. Explosive bombs filled with gunpowder and fired from catapults were used in wars. During the Song and Yuan dynasties (960-1368), the military applications of gunpowder became common and some other weapons like "fire cannon", "rocket", "missile" and "fireball" were introduced.
01-21-10, 04:56 PM #24
Thanks for link.
It's a commonly held myth.
I thought it was true. How could I have been so stupid.
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