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#188923 - 01/25/10 04:10 PM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: PiedType]  
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from whence poly = selling? I thought poly was "many"?


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#188924 - 01/25/10 04:28 PM Re: polypoly [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]  
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from whence poly = selling? I thought poly was "many"?

Greek distinguishes between long and short vowels. Greek πωλη (pōlē) 'sale', πωλέω (pōleō) 'to exchange, sell' (link) and πολύς (polus) 'many' (link). The -y in the English words comes from the Greek -ια (-ia).


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#188925 - 01/25/10 04:48 PM Re: polypoly [Re: zmjezhd]  
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Taking a que from a Boy Scout Merit Bagde, how about... THEOORIENTEERING... for finding or discovering the pathway to God? The compass being scripture.

#188927 - 01/25/10 05:11 PM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: Faldage]  
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Originally Posted By: Faldage

Meanwhile I came up with theodactyl to describe the focal point of Michelangelo's Creation fo Adam.



Love this.

#188928 - 01/25/10 05:33 PM Re: polypoly [Re: zmjezhd]  
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I was curious about what cognates for the Greek πωλη (pōlē) 'sale' existed in other Indo-European languages. Ther are a few: an older German word, feil, Old Norse falr 'venal, for sale', Russian полон (polon) 'captivity; booty', Lithuanian pelnas 'earnings', from PIE *pel- 'to sell; to earn'.


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#188932 - 01/25/10 06:55 PM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: PiedType]  
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Wonderful topic! Here's something I've wondered about for years, help me out. A "lego" word for the process whereby reality/god/the cosmos/ whatever it is appears to answer questions in the exact vernacular in which they were posed. Kepler mentions this in his writings, but doesn't coin a word for it. He calls it something like "God speaks to us in the language we can understand."

Examples are why/how so many diverse "religions" (or inquiries) seem to "work" : voodoo, Shakerism, Shamanism,the I Ching, reading cowrie shells, Platonism, reading bird's entrails, etc., etc. Why/how so many cosmologies seem to be the only reasonable answer. And so on.

Can anyone come up with a word for what "God/Nature/Guidance/Whatever" is doing?

LOU

#188934 - 01/25/10 07:13 PM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: lou63629]  
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Keeping us guessing???


----please, draw me a sheep----
#188938 - 01/25/10 08:37 PM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: lou63629]  
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Hagiography or hagiographics : the holy writings of nature / life.

#188940 - 01/25/10 09:19 PM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: lou63629]  
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How about theolatrigony? the origin of God worship?

#188944 - 01/26/10 01:05 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: zmjezhd]  
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Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
from whence poly = selling? I thought poly was "many"?

Greek distinguishes between long and short vowels. Greek πωλη (pōlē) 'sale', πωλέω (pōleō) 'to exchange, sell' (link) and πολύς (polus) 'many' (link). The -y in the English words comes from the Greek -ια (-ia).


okey doke. thanks.

so, thee ah puh lee and thee ah poh lee?


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