Re: One-To-One Relationships

From: David Cressey <>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 19:53:36 GMT
Message-ID: <4TZ3j.16$gs.9_at_trndny08>

"Bob Badour" <> wrote in message news:47505d5d$0$5287$
> David Cressey wrote:
> > "paul c" <> wrote in message
> > news:ZTX3j.7775$UQ1.5775_at_pd7urf1no...
> >
> >>JOG wrote:
> >>...
> >>
> >>>Anything that can be described as a noun is an entity in my book,
> >>>whether abstract or not. We must be able to describe them by their
> >>>attributes, and identify them by one attribute that is consistent over
> >>>the lifetime in the universe of discourse. That's my take.
> >>>...
> >>
> >>Not to brag, but in my haphazard quest to discern only the essential, I
> >>have wondered too about the possible importance of nouns. Can't prove
> >>it but I'm pretty sure any set of domain values can be turned into a
> >>noun, eg., "red" becomes "redness". Same for a "relationship entity".
> >>I'd say "noun" is an improvement over "entity" if that might make it
> >>more obvious that most logical system doesn't need to understand English
> >>grammar. But it also seems like a risky invite for more
> >>mountain-building by the techies with ulterior motives who like to turn
> >>nouns into verbs, eg., "architect".
> >
> >
> > I don't mean to start yet another meta-discussion, but the term "noun"
> > more useful in the grammatical analysis of Latin than of English. As
> > somebody else said, any noun can be verbed in English. In particular,
> > nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs are distinguished from each other
> > more by context and function than by differences in form.
> >
> > When English first began to be studied from a grammatical point of view,
> > the grammars of Latin and Greek, which had been honed to a fine state,
> > were applied whole hog to English. Not necessarily a good fit.


> If only I were able to find a use for the subjunctive and the reflexive,
> I would avail myself of both.

That's a joke, right Bob? This time I'll try not to give it away! Received on Fri Nov 30 2007 - 20:53:36 CET

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