marcaramini at gmail.com
Wed Jul 16 11:33:44 PDT 2014
I have to thematically disagree with that assessment, Jeffery. The
astronaut is called a knight, the Latin is mistranslated ... New things get
old names, but sometimes old things get new or even older names. Could
very easily be Mercury. Would the loft of his blade be greatly affected by
temperatures? Warm or cold weather blade?
On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Jeffery Wilson clueland.com <
jwilson at clueland.com> wrote:
> On 7/16/2014 10:56 AM, DAVID STOCKHOFF wrote:
>> Perhaps, but you certainly wouldn't expect him to call it "mercury." Way
>> too many conflicting associations there.
> Whatever word the Commonwealth's tongue had for it, if that was used and
> it was apparent from context that it was something we know today, mercury,
> G.W. would've writ the word we use, "mercury", like he does with all the
> other words where that is the case.
> > And I doubt there would be a
>> common term for it anyway---who would have it sitting around the house?
> People whose homes contain Emerald Tablets and homunculi, and other 20th
> century electrical conveniences like electric eyes and metal detectors, or
> whose homes are rocketships crammed full of eternally repaired ancient gear
> that might include mercury switches, mercury balances, mercury bearings, et
> cetera. Autarch Severian is both, and then some.
> Jeff Wilson - < jwilson at clueland.com >
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