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?
Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.
The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
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
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:
Charles H. Bennett)
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