Etymologically speaking

23 December 2011

late 14c., ethimolegia “facts of the origin and development of a word,” from O.Fr. et(h)imologie (14c., Mod.Fr. √©tymologie), from L. etymologia, from Gk. etymologia, properly “study of the true sense (of a word),” from etymon “true sense” (neut. of etymos “true, real, actual,” related to eteos “true”) + -logia “study of, a speaking of” (see -logy). In classical times, of meanings; later, of histories. Latinized by Cicero as veriloquium. As a branch of linguistic science, from 1640s. Related: Etymological; etymologically.
Source: Online Etymology Dictionary
With thanks to beatnic again.

Recursion defined

18 January 2010

From The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Computing

recursion (see recursion) An old joke beloved of computer lexicographers, but one that will not be repeated here.


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