dstockhoff at verizon.net
Wed Jul 16 07:25:09 PDT 2014
Yes, this is definitely a case of deploying an exotic-sounding but technically precise term for an ordinary substance.
On Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9:59 AM, Mo Holkar <mo at holkar.net> wrote:
>Hydrargyrum is the Latinized Greek name for mercury, hence its
>chemical symbol Hg. The 'gyr' is just part of 'argyros', Greek for silver.
>My understanding is that everything described about this liquid in
>the text is satisfied by mercury, so there seems no reason to
>consider it to be anything different.
>It's not the same (it seems to me) as where he calls a riding beast
>by the name of a prehistoric animal and so we must understand it's
>not that animal and nor is it a horse. Hydrargyrum is not an ancient
>substance predecessor to mercury; it's an archaic name for precisely
>At 14:37 16/07/2014, you wrote:
>>"Spinning liquid silver"?
>>On 7/15/2014 11:50 AM, Jeffery Wilson clueland.com wrote:
>> > On 7/15/2014 9:01 AM, Mo Holkar wrote:
>> >> Just mercury, isn't it?
>> > The translator G.W. transcribes it as "hydrargyrum", but it could be
>> > something more exotic.
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