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CONLANG  July 2004, Week 3

CONLANG July 2004, Week 3

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Re: CHAT Achilles & the tortoise (was: Two questions about Esperanto)

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John Cowan <[log in to unmask]>

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Constructed Languages List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 15 Jul 2004 13:27:59 -0400

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Andreas Johansson scripsit:

> What are Calends, anyway?

The first day of each month in the Roman calendar:  for details, see
http://www.tondering.dk/claus/cal/node3.html#SECTION00371000000000000000 .
The Calends, Nones, and Ides were peculiar to the Roman calendar (the
word "calendar" itself is from Calendae) and unknown to the Greeks, so
"on the Greek Calends" means "never", an expression popularized by the
Emperor Augustus.

--
John Cowan <[log in to unmask]> www.ccil.org/~cowan  www.reutershealth.com
Micropayment advocates mistakenly believe that efficient allocation of
resources is the purpose of markets.  Efficiency is a byproduct of market
systems, not their goal.  The reasons markets work are not because users
have embraced efficiency but because markets are the best place to allow
users to maximize their preferences, and very often their preferences are
not for conservation of cheap resources.  --Clay Shirkey

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