[Ads-l] "theoretical computer scientist"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 22 16:38:27 EDT 2016


Yes. The more something sounds like it means something other than what it
is, the more confusing it is.

"three-valued logician" means nothing to me, so I can accept it.

"historical linguist" could have the meaning of "a linguist historically",
but that would require a supporting context.

"theoretical computer scientist" at first glance means "a computer
scientist theoretically", which makes no sense, especially when you don't
know "theoretical computer science" is a thing.

DanG

On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 4:25 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> > On Sep 22, 2016, at 4:06 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > The headline reads:
> > "NYU theoretical computer scientist among seven MacArthur 'genius' grant
> > winners in New York"
> >
> > It just feels so wrong...
> > DanG
>
> Any worse than "historical linguist" or, my favorite, "three-valued
> logician"?
>
> LH
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