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Re: Renaming the Schwartzian Transform

by cchampion (Curate)
on Sep 21, 2005 at 06:34 UTC ( #493670=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Renaming the Schwartzian Transform

If it's supposed to be a joke, then it doesn't make me laugh, and let me tell you why:

It is neither American English nor easy to remember

Why does a good thing have to be American? What's so bad in being European, or Asian, African, Australian? That's not politically correct (for Americans) and insulting (for all the others, to whom I belong).

his name has four consecutive consonants, this is clearly unacceptable

Have you ever counted how many consecutive consonants are in abstract, breaststroke, offspring, catchphrase? 1

Besides, if the Schwartzian Transform bothers you, just become well acquainted with it, and call it ST, like its friends do.


1 update You may get more words by searching.
perl -ne 'print if /[^-,._aeiouy]{6,6}/i' /usr/share/dict/word


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Re^2: Renaming the Schwartzian Transform
by leriksen (Curate) on Sep 21, 2005 at 10:25 UTC
    Testify sister !!!

    I'm with you - I suggest we rename it the Schwartzian "What are you laughing at, buddy!" Transform

    ...reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. - R P Feynmann

Re^2: Renaming the Schwartzian Transform
by Jenda (Abbot) on Sep 21, 2005 at 13:09 UTC

    I would expect at least some sense of humor from fellow monks. You must suffer from a very bad case of inferiority complex to get so excited by a sentence like that.

    I would normally not upvote a joke node, but I did in this case due to your response.

    Jenda
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      You must suffer from a very bad case of inferiority complex if your only reason for upvoting something was because someone else didn't like it.
        Imagine the inferiority complex of someone who has to hide behind Anonymonk to take shots at people!

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Re^2: Renaming the Schwartzian Transform
by QM (Vicar) on Sep 21, 2005 at 20:18 UTC
    You may get more words by searching.
    From my own personal dictionary, including lots of arcane, obsolete, and dubious entries:
    Longest: 6
    archchronicler
    bergschrund
    festschrift
    fruchtschiefer
    latchstring
    lengthsman
    postphthisic
    veldtschoen
    Funny how many of these seem to be Germanic in origin.

    Here's the code I used:

    -QM
    --
    Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of

Re^2: Renaming the Schwartzian Transform
by Happy-the-monk (Monsignor) on Sep 22, 2005 at 07:46 UTC

    There's a London tube station "Knightsbridge".

    But I guess although that's English, it's rather unamerican too.

    Cheers, Sören

    PS: should "unamerican" be capitalised?

      There are a handful of English words with 6 consonants in a row. catchphrase and latchstring are probably the most well-known. There's also borschts, which has 6 consonants in a row, and all in the same syllable. Dubious is the word crwths, 6 letters in total and no obvious vowel. But in this original Welsh word, the w acts as a vowel. The ENABLE list, a freely available list of English words used by many on-line game sites, also lists tsktsks, a 7 letter word consisting of nothing but consonants.
        There are a handful of English words with 6 consonants in a row. catchphrase and latchstring are probably the most well-known. That's totally cheating! The "ch" is a single consonant sound; it just doesn't have a decent latin symbol to represent it. Similarly with "ph". It's just not the same as slovakian languages, where they do effortlessly prononounce strings of consonants. Most English speakers can't say "ts", "kn", or a lot of other sounds that other languages have. English does have loan words, but using Russian and Welsh is cheating; they're not even in the same language family! "Tsk, tsk" isn't one 'word', it's two, and it's just a written form of a disaproving click of the tongue. If you allow loan words freely, in the language I just invented on the spot, the word 'xplqrznvwrglp' has *no* vowels! Are we to call that 'English', too?

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