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Sat Aug 21 00:35:36 CEST 2004
Peter Hansen wrote:
> Tim Hochberg wrote:
>> Reid Nichol wrote:
>>> Gerrit Muller wrote:
>>>> and then a quantum leap towards Python.
>>> You're aware that a quantum leap means a extremely small leap, right?
>> While quanta are typically very-very-very small, last I checked the
>> key feature of quantum transitions is not that they're small, but that
>> there are no intermediate steps. The object is in state A then it's in
>> state B, but it's never halfway (or anywhere) between. Like most
>> quantum stuff it's better not to think about that too closely.
> And at least some dictionaries give it as a synonym for "large"
> or "significant". (www.m-w.com for one)
Such things are only the result of a misunderstanding of the word some
time ago. Even though it is wrong, it has become common use, thus the
incorrect definition definition(s).
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