Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
A direct question #116810
11/28/03 08:08 PM
11/28/03 08:08 PM
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Louisville, Kentucky
Jackie Offline OP
Carpal Tunnel
Jackie  Offline OP
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Louisville, Kentucky
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?


Re: A direct question #116811
11/28/03 10:05 PM
11/28/03 10:05 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Faldage  Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Because they have different roots. Empire is from the Latin imperare, to rule; empirical is through Latin from the Greek empeirikos, experienced.


Re: A direct question #116812
11/29/03 02:42 AM
11/29/03 02:42 AM
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Louisville, Kentucky
Jackie Offline OP
Carpal Tunnel
Jackie  Offline OP
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Louisville, Kentucky
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".


Re: A direct question #116813
11/29/03 04:49 AM
11/29/03 04:49 AM
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 1,624
Utter Placebo, Planet Reebok
Capfka Offline
Pooh-Bah
Capfka  Offline
Pooh-Bah
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 1,624
Utter Placebo, Planet Reebok
You could say, I suppose and at the risk of being laughed at, that the government was empireical.



Moderated by  Jackie 

Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,883
Posts224,828
Members9,056
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
Nikki1221, Veezkneez, LOC, Luna, wordie
9056 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 145 guests, and 5 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
LOC 1
Top Posters(All Time)
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,538
LukeJavan8 9,157
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2018 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1
(Release build 20180111)
Page Time: 0.018s Queries: 13 (0.004s) Memory: 3.0879 MB (Peak: 3.2258 MB) Zlib disabled. Server Time: 2018-06-19 10:26:08 UTC