ADS-L Digest - 5 May 2009 to 6 May 2009 (#2009-127)

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Thu May 7 23:37:04 UTC 2009

On May 7, 2009, at 1:56 PM, Betsy Lowe wrote:

> About "fuse box": please.  It's not worth discussing.  It's about a
> silly, quasi-literate pretentious journalist trying to find a
> descriptive phrase that hasn't been used before and developing a
> metaphor that sounds cool but doesn't mean anything.  Pretty soon it
> will be hot jargon and added to the lexicon without anyone really
> knowing what it means.  The verbal version of the emperor's new
> clothes.
> Betsy Lowe

well, here on ADS-L we do try to figure out, insofar as possible,
where innovations come from.  just dismissing innovations you don't
like as pure pretension isn't helpful.


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