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I think there is, among natlangs, some ambiguity between whether their
"door" refers to the hole in the wall or the thing that blocks it,

On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 3:43 AM, Herman Miller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On 2/15/2012 3:15 PM, Charlie Brickner wrote:
>
>> It's 60° here in the Blue Ridge Mountains today and, as I was visiting
>> our shut-
>> ins, I was enjoying the winter outdoors.
>>
>> The thought occurred to me that you can't say "outdoors" unless your
>> culture
>> has doors!  If your conculture is so primitive as not to have doors, how
>> do you
>> express the concept of "outdoors" in your conlang?
>>
>> Charlie
>>
>
> Why do we say "outdoors" anyway, come to think of it? "Outwalls" might be
> better. Seen in that way, the significant thing isn't which side of a door
> you're on, but that you're not surrounded by walls. Or you could just say
> "outside".
>