[Humanist] 25.550 what's in a name
Humanist Discussion Group
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Dec 13 07:51:37 CET 2011
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 550.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:36:32 -0800 (PST)
From: Laval Hunsucker <amoinsde at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 25.548 what's in a name?
In-Reply-To: <20111212095315.C4BDC231420 at woodward.joyent.us>
> Unfortunately . . . he does not consider "-ies", but his article
> does point to the fact that our current name is a collective
> noun, plural in form, singular in meaning.
Unfortunately I can not quickly find in his article where he does
this, but no matter.
This seems to be the season for "splendid isolation", if you'll
forgive the topical political allusion -- and maybe we should
just revel in our own variety of that. Or is there in fact *another*
"-ies" out there among academic/scholarly/scientific/technical
pursuits ? ( Outside, I suppose, of a possible residual category
of "Sundries" :-). )
A quick look informs me that there are, according to the OED,
728 "-ologies", from "Abiology" to "Zygology", and 441 "-ics",
from "Acoustics" to "Wave Mechanics".
Being a (near-)loner in this environment may have its own certain
chic, if not practical advantage, I guess.
- Laval Hunsucker
> From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
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>Subject: [Humanist] 25.548 what's in a name?
> Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 548.
> Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
> Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org
> Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:52:09 +0000
> From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
> Subject: -ology and -ics
>We have perhaps completed our adolescent phase of worrying over what we
>call our academic field, but in case not, and for those to whom it
>matters, I pass on a reference to an entertaining discussion of the
>suffixes "-ology" and "ics" by Anatol Rapoport, "What is semantics?",
>American Scientist 40.1 (1952): 123-35, found in JSTOR. For those
>curious about the man, his Wikipedia entry is the place to go.
>Unfortunately for us now, as we construct our professional identity, he
>does not consider "-ies", but his article does point to the fact that
>our current name is a collective noun, plural in form, singular in meaning.
>Professor Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's
>College London; Professor (fractional), University of Western Sydney;
>Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org); Editor,
>Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/
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