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- Subject: Re: Lua's Pons Asinorum
- From: Peter Aronoff <telemachus@...>
- Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:13:48 -0400
Marc Balmer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Asinus in latin means donkey in english. So it’s a bridge of donkeys, or
> „Eselsbrücke“ in german.
>From one semantic argument (about ‘sequence’ or ‘array’) to another...
Luckily, in this case things are relatively simple. ‘asinus’ can be
translated into English as ‘donkey’ or ‘ass’. A donkey is a (type of) ass,
and they are synonyms for most purposes in English. (In scientific
contexts, I suppose you would be more precise and say that a donkey is only
the best known subspecies of ass.)
PS It’s fun to actually have my day job matter on this list. I teach Latin
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