[LMB] word choice

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Tue Oct 11 13:36:01 BST 2011


On Oct 11, 2011, at 12:39 AM, phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu wrote:

> These things can all be pretty conservative.  Our "common American
> names" go back centuries or millennia to Celtic, English, Roman and
> Biblical sources after all.  Decimal numbers seem unlikely to change.
> Our mile isn't far off the Roman one; not much reason for the kilometer
> to change again.  It could, but needn't.  In Deepness, he plays the
> translation game with the Spiders, but the Qeng Ho count time from 1970,
> because of Unix.  The think it's because of the moon landing, but can't
> explain the six-month discrepancy...

But this novel took place after huge changes (and time?) from the time of the Qeng Ho.


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