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But then... We "abuse" lots of terms. Think of "plastic glasses" - where does the glass get into it? You watch a "film": I haven't watched a film for many years, not even the film of magnetic particles on a video tape; it has all been digital (and even if you watch a video tape on your TV set, you do not see the film!) I connect to the "internet" - but it isn't, it is an intranet: The primary reason for its success is that it is a homogenous net, with a single addressing structure, a single set of network protocols. Didn't we call them "(omni)buses" even when they were not available to people with darker skin? Where is the optics in modern Optical Character Recognition, OCR? Turkeys are rarely from Turkey, and you do not put a tulip on your head nowadays. French Freedom Fries are not made in France (unless you live there).
We could go on and on. Regarding tripods in the more well known use, as a camera stand: I prefer a monopod (old photographer saying: "A monopod in the hand is better than a tripod at home" ), but when I refer to it, I have many times had to refer to it as a "one-legged tripod" to make people understand what I am talking about. "Tripod" has come to mean "some sort of camera support, regardless of number of legs". Lots of people reading about those "tripod" creatures (that is, even those who read books) never pay much attention to the number of legs - "tripods" simply means ugly, dangerous creatures attacking you.
Often, when you dig down into the ethymology of common words, you'll find that their original meaning was quite different from the meaning today. Our modern usage is "wrong". Well, that is the way language evolves.
Of course: If you are making an illustration of the tripods of H. G. Wells, then you should draw them as the author was imagining them, and he certainly referred to "tripods" for a reason. You should consider it significant. In everyday social life, maybe it pays to be somewhat more flexible. One of my friends cannot stand to hear people refer to a modern cleaning agent as "soap" unless it chemically is a soap in the chemical sense, salt of a fatty acid. He feels morally obliged to point out, every time, that that is not a soap. And everybody else sigh "Oh no, not again!"
(Sidetrack, regarding "flexible": I learned a new term today. Some Norwegian politicians have the last twenty four hours shown great flexibility in their attitudes in certain international issues, and one satirical forum praised them for being "politicians with a very flexible backbone". But that is running into politics, which is not supposed to be referred to here. Sorry.)
I was playing GTA Online last evening (a haven for trolls and griefers, if there ever was one) when a kid claimed in the chat window (visible to all players in the current session) that he had my IP...and had determined I'm running Windows 10 Pro on a machine with 16GB of RAM. Which was partially wrong, as the machine has 32. Then he claimed to have logged into my Instagram account and was about to delete all my photos. Problem is, I don't do social media, let alone Instagram. I made him aware of this, and told him to go ahead and do his worse.
He must've been disappointed, 'cuz he then moved on to someone else in the session, and started the same thing all over again. For all I know I could've been talking to a (poorly scripted) bot.
If rabbits attack when you walk past, are you having a bad hare day?
"I have no idea what I did, but I'm taking full credit for it." - ThisOldTony
"Common sense is so rare these days, it should be classified as a super power" - Random T-shirt
AntiTwitter: @DalekDave is now a follower!
I ordered a book 2 weeks ago and have been watching its tracking history. It usually only takes a few days a week at most but according to tracking its been all over the state (Florida). I got to thinking: I bet it would have a story to tell.
I'm not sure how many cookies it makes to be happy, but so far it's not 27.
I had something I bought off eBay on the 2nd of December. Tracking shows it floated about the USPS processing stations until it arrived in Wisconsin somewhere. It's been there since the 8th and every day I check... and it's still there. Lot's of other stuff took a long time but eventually arrived - but this is getting excessive considering the "estimated delivery date was the 7th!
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
I have found USPS deliveries to be uniformly very efficient, except for one package that was rerouted a bit. During the holiday rush, anything is possible, but remember that a lot of their sorting equipment had been removed and other things done that greatly hampered their efficiency.
Although a court ordered it to be reversed, that doesn't mean the current postmaster-general (a political appointee) was in any hurry to do so.
Actually, for all the apologies I've seen in my mail tracking (check out Informed Delivery if you don't already have it), they've been outstanding.