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Icon 1 posted April 05, 2006 16:31      Profile for Flashfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by GameMaster:
'cyberpunk' and 'cyber-' have fallen mostly into disuse (thankfully) with the exception of "cyberspace."

From Merriam-Webster:
Main Entry: cyber-
Function: combining form
Etymology: cybernetic

Main Entry: cy·ber·net·ics
Pronunciation: "sI-b&r-'ne-tiks
Function: noun plural but singular in construction
Etymology: Greek kybernEtEs pilot, governor (from kybernan to steer, govern) + English -ics

So, does this mean a "cyberpunk" is a radical politician? [Wink]

Regardless, I've always found this etymological nightmare interesting...how did we go from "steersman" to "computer network"? Huh. English is really fascinating, sometimes.

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Err, Flashfire, cybernetics isn't about computer networks, but computer (or otherwise) controlled movements. Animatronics are a good example of cybernetic application.

I believe the word caught wind when "robotics" faded out (industrial robots kinda killed the magic of it). And, well, there's no such word as "androidetics."

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Icon 1 posted April 06, 2006 13:55      Profile for Flashfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Stereo:
Err, Flashfire, cybernetics isn't about computer networks, but computer (or otherwise) controlled movements. Animatronics are a good example of cybernetic application.

Oops, I meant the combining form "cyber-" when I said "computer network", not the word "cybernetic" itself. Sorry for not being clear. [blush]

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Well, if you wanted to get really pedantic, you could say that the "x" in "h4x0r" was being used like the Greek letter "chi" (which is written like an "x" but pronounced like a soft "k").
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quote:
Originally posted by Erbo:
Well, if you wanted to get really pedantic, you could say that the "x" in "h4x0r" was being used like the Greek letter "chi" (which is written like an "x" but pronounced like a soft "k").

So how do you pronounce "4" and "0" in Greek? [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by Erbo:
Well, if you wanted to get really pedantic, you could say that the "x" in "h4x0r" was being used like the Greek letter "chi" (which is written like an "x" but pronounced like a soft "k").

Again, you're giving these people far too much credit.
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