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#87465 - 11/20/02 02:41 PM p.17 assiette
wwh Offline
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This was a real stinker. Not in any dictionary I could find, English or French. But I found several
sites that mentioned it. Many were names of reataurants. One was a magazine "L'Assiette de la Beurre"
A couple were about tables for computation. An "assiete de calcul" was a hand held calculator. Finally
I found a couple sites that showed pictures of"Assiettes" that were plainly dinner plates.
I'm still annoyed.


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#87466 - 11/21/02 01:19 AM from my french :assiette
emanuela Offline
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Registered: 03/16/00
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Loc: Italy - Perugia is a town with...
means dish indeed.

Anyway, assiette of calcul is like our "assetto di calcolo", and here assetto is - ah, very hard to describe.
Assetto comes clearly from "sedere" = to seat, and the meaning is that you as a person are in assetto di calcolo when you seat comfortably, and ready to computate, and in the appropriate mood to do it.

Something like "mode" in the watch instructions.


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