[DWJ] T-shirt slogans

Jameela Lares Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Fri Jun 4 20:20:04 EDT 2010

It would appear that "orthogonal" has only been recently used outside of math and science.  Even hyper-language users like Supreme Court Justices did not recognize it. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/11/AR2010011103690.html + most of the hits I got on google past the first page with math/science.  

Either the word will stay in general use or go back to its specialized users.  I rather imagine it will be the latter.  I can't see that "orthogonal" fills any special needs for the general population.

Jameela Lares
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From: dwj-bounces at suberic.net [dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of Colin Fine [colin at fine.me.uk]
Sent: Friday, June 04, 2010 5:44 PM
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
Subject: Re: [DWJ] T-shirt slogans

Minnow wrote:
> Roger Burton West wrote:
>> On Fri, Jun 04, 2010 at 06:37:24AM -0500, Farah Mendlesohn wrote:
>> >But!  If someone goes ahead and makes these t-shirts and charges
>> >*even break even only costs* you will have breached Diana's copyright.
>> Copyright violation is orthogonal to charging.
> Well, you have certainly mystified DWJ with that word, and made her
> feel all little and ignorant.  She says so.  She had no idea what it
> meant, though she played with the idea of some sect or cult from the
> Far East briefly, as well as a Strnage Mathematical Shape of some sort
> with a whole lot of angles going on.
I had to take the word out of an essay once, during my Peace Studies
Master's, because my tutor didn't know what it meant. Anybody with a
mathematical or technical background will understand it.


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