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#123082 - 02/17/04 12:33 AM Rare Word Escapes from Captivity
How long before it becomes a popularised technicality?
#123083 - 02/17/04 05:20 AM Re: Rare Word Escapes from Captivity
that is a good word. it will be interesting to see how it gets picked up._________________________
formerly known as etaoin...
#123084 - 02/17/04 06:21 AM Re: Rare Word Escapes from Captivity
I agree. A concept in need of a word. I just fear that 'ecotone' doesn't quite have what it takes to fill the job.
#123085 - 02/17/04 08:35 AM Re: Rare Word Escapes from Captivity
To me it is a one-word equivalent of "sweet are the uses
of adversity". Thanks, Bingley.
#123086 - 02/17/04 12:39 PM Re: Rare Word Escapes from Captivity
ohmigawd!ohmigawd!ohmigawd!.... ETA IS A CARPAL!!! Congratulations eta! Thanks for all the words!
is this already in another thread.....shall go look
#123087 - 02/17/04 12:47 PM Re: Rare Word Escapes from Captivity
I am with Faldage....the word doesn't seem to link strongly with the concept. Isn't there a word already though, for just such a barrier..an ecological threshold or watershed or some such thing. Have that feeling of deja vu all over again..
PS: anyone know where threshold came from, etymologically that is?
#123088 - 02/17/04 01:17 PM Re: Rare Word Escapes from Captivity
Watershed would be the area of land that drains into some specific body of water. Basically the land covered by a river and all its tributaries.
#123089 - 02/17/04 01:42 PM Re: Rare Word Escapes from Captivity
Yes but, Fald, a watershed is also used in the sense of a boundary, isn't it? In the brain, for e.g, we have watershed vascular areas, which are the ones located at the tertiary points in distribution or at the extreme ends of supply. These areas signify a boundary zone that are extremely prone to ischemic attacks.
#123090 - 02/17/04 01:53 PM Re: Watershed
I din't know that definition, maahey.
#123091 - 02/17/04 01:57 PM Re: Rare Word Escapes from Captivity
Threshold seems to be just a simple figure of speech.The threshold is the lowest part of the doorway, and if you are
big enough to get over it, you're in!
From the Internet:
Nonsense. “Threshold,” first recorded in A.D. 1000, descends from an Old English compound “threscold,” “doorsill, point of entry.” The “hold” has nothing to do with keeping one’s footing. The original meaning of “thresh” was “to tread, to trample.” Farmers originally threshed wheat, separated the grain from the chaff, by treading on piles of it. The treading seemed similar to wiping one’s feet at the doorway of a house, and that entrance took the name “threshold” from such threshing, or treading.
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