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When the editor of the Manchester Guardian first heard the neologism in 1928, he exclaimed: "The word is half Greek and half Latin - no good will come of it"; what device-name is it?




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Answer: television

The inventor, John Baird, coined the name by combining the Greek tele, distant, with the Latin vision, seeing.

Some language purists - i.e., the ones who prefer that newly-made words be constructed from same-language roots - wished the device had been called either the teleopsis or proculvision. Of course, those who watch proculvision should eat PV Dinners and subscribe to the PV Guide.

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The same dilemma confronted us when we were looking for a name the new quantum-physics effect we discovered in 1993. We called it quantum teleportation, over the objections of one of my coauthors, who thought it should be called quantum telepheresis. I overcame his objections by arguing that teleportation was already a well established word in the science fiction literature. For more details see: http://www.research.ibm.com/quantuminfo/teleportation
Charles H. Bennett)
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