[DWJ] "Orthogonal" (orthogonally to T-shirt slogans)

Colin Fine colin at fine.me.uk
Sun Jun 6 17:15:06 EDT 2010


Jameela Lares wrote:
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> 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.
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Ah, but there is a two-stage process here. I predict that it will retain 
its metaphorical use (which is different from its formal mathematical 
use) in technical and technological contexts. The question is whether it 
will spread much beyond these contexts.

Colin




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