[DWJ] "Orthogonal" (orthogonally to T-shirt slogans)
Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Sun Jun 6 19:22:18 EDT 2010
I mean "right angle" in the sense of 90 degrees runs into my understanding of "right" as "correct," as in "ortho + doxa," or "right opinion." The best I can do with "orthogonal" is that it is "irrelevant" because "at right angles." So "right" that it is "irrelevant," which in context is a close synonym for "wrong."
(I'd make a lousy mathematician.)
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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]
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Subject: Re: [DWJ] "Orthogonal" (orthogonally to T-shirt slogans)
Jameela Lares wrote:
> One of the difficulties I have with the word is that the two meanings of "ortho" (correct + right in the sense of angle) fight against each other. An orthogonal relation is so right that it's wrong.
I don't understand that comment.
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