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#116810 - 11/28/03 03:08 PM A direct question
Jackie Offline
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Dody's thread over in I&A got me to thinking about this. For governments that have established empires, why don't we say they're empirical?


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#116811 - 11/28/03 05:05 PM Re: A direct question
Faldage Offline
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Because they have different roots. Empire is from the Latin imperare, to rule; empirical is through Latin from the Greek empeirikos, experienced.


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#116812 - 11/28/03 09:42 PM Re: A direct question
Jackie Offline
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Thank you, Mr. F. I had a feeling it would be something like that. Although I am too familiar with the "real" meaning of empirical to be able to seriously ascribe it as I said above, it still makes grammatical "sense" to me; I guess in the same way that toddlers say, "I tooked a piece of candy".


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#116813 - 11/28/03 11:49 PM Re: A direct question
Capfka Offline
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You could say, I suppose and at the risk of being laughed at, that the government was empireical.


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