Sentiments from the Fishbowl

21 Nov

Otherwise known as recent pondering:

The etymology of the word recursive is an inherent contradiction to itself. Verbs are action oriented. Action is the propelling movement from the present moment to the present movements to come: a forward sweep. How can the verb to run (forward) cooperate with its modifier (back)?

recursively |rəˈkərs1vli| |riˈkərs1vli| adverb

  • ORIGIN late 18th cent. (in the general sense): from late Latin recurs- ‘returned’ (from the verb recurrere ‘run back’ ) + -ive . Specific uses have arisen in the 20th cent.

diphthong |ˈdifˌθä ng; ˈdip-; -ˌθô ng | noun

  • a sound formed by the combination of two vowels in a single syllable, in which the sound begins as one vowel and moves toward another (as in coin, loud, and side). Often contrasted with monophthong , triphthong .
  • ORIGIN late Middle English : from French diphtongue, via late Latin from Greek diphthongos, from di- ‘twice’ + phthongos ‘voice, sound.’\



Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: