[lit-ideas] Re: When Water Wasn't Wet

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 11:59:25 EDT

In a message dated 7/7/2009 11:45:14 A.M.  Eastern Daylight Time,
palma@xxxxxxxx writes:
²H2O,  which is known as  deuterium


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ice, iceberg, glaciar, Fr. glas (ice), It.  'ghiaccio', ice, Sp. hielo,
from L. con-GEL-ARE.

The example is by  Quentin Skinner, incidentally,

"The ice is thin over there".

'deterium' is short for 'deteurium  dihydrogen monoxide'?

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The problem here is to produce the  implicature-free for 'ice' and 'water'
and 'steam'
that abides  by

-- be as informative as is required
-- don't be  otiose
-- avoid ambiguity
-- be brief

But I surmise,  with A. Palma, that it's a problem of the English language,
 only.

"Water is wet" is _not_ tautological in  French.

Cheers,

J. L. Speranza

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