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.’\


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