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The true name of bears and wolves

I have no idea if this is true or not [1], but we don’t have the real name for bears and wolves. Like actors can only talk about the Scottish play, and some religions can’t say the names of their gods, our linguistic forebears didn’t say the actual true name of the animal, but described it by its color or habit [2] so as not to invoke the feared animal being discussed.

Okay, IANALinguist, so I’ll stop rehashing grad student linguist late night bull sessions.

 
 

[1] or if in any real sense, the difference makes a difference

[2] I’m not sure what the difference is (ThorAllWordsAreMadeUp.gif) between calling an animal a brown (baer, brun, bruin – color) or arcturus (destroyer – habit) and having that be its name instead of some other name which isn’t used so as not to invoke the animal if the other name isn’t used and no one now knows what it was. The name of a thing is what it’s called after all.

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My mobile phone is finally waterproof, so I don’t have to worry about the random drop of water taking setting off the moisture sensor and taking itself out of service. But given that my MBP costs about the same as the damn iPhone (within a factor of two), why isn’t the shitty keyboard also waterproof?

I mean, I know why. $$$. But holy cow. I’ve lost two to coffee and water, both spilled by someone else, both on long trips. What a PITA.

I don’t love Qualcomm, but I have no particular love of Intel either, and now maybe we’ll return to getting working modems, instead of this non-functional Intel one-bar POS. Apparently Apple has something on the order of 1500 engineers working on making their own modem. About damn time.

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