[time-nuts] Loran?

J. Forster jfor at quik.com
Mon Dec 20 13:04:04 EST 2010


IMO this trend is a two edged sword:

I don't like to see the historical aspect of the name lost by it becomming
a lower-case noun.

OTOH, it's been said that the ultimate tribute in Physics is to become
"part of the furniture", like Newton's or Maxwell's Laws.

FWIW,

-John

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> The Oxford dictionary has "radar", "loran" and "scuba" all listed in lower
> case.
>
> Also according to them "radar" never was an acronym.  It is a coined
> word.  Technically to be an acronym the it must be spelled by the
> first letter of several other words.  "SCUBA" is an acronym but
> "scuba" is now a common English word that has displaced the old 1950's
> vintage "SCUBA" in modern usage.  But "radar" was never an  acronym.
>
> The Oxford English Dictionary takes the view that the  English
> language changes  with time.    You can disagree.  Many people do and
> claim English has fixed rules that never change but if you do then you
> will have to pick a date for when it was "correct" and then explain
> how it could be incorrect before that date.
>
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 7:07 AM, paul swed <paulswedb at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Indeed. But thats the way it goes.
>>
>> On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 12:52 PM, J. Forster <jfor at quik.com> wrote:
>>
>>> There ain't no such thing as Loran. It's LORAN, just like RADAR.
>>>
>>> They are BOTH acronyms.
>>>
>>> -John
>>>
>>> =================
>>>
>>>
>>> > There never was a Loran receiver with a keypad.  I am certain he
>>> meant
>>> > Loran C.  Loran is (was) the common name for the service... But then,
>>> > you already knew that, and were just trying to stir things up.
>>> >
>>> > -Chuck Harris
>>> >
>>> > Max Robinson wrote:
>>> >> He didn't say Loran C he said Loran.  That is the old system that
>>> used
>>> >> to operate just above the AM broadcast band and took away most of
>>> the
>>> >> 160 meter ham band. That hasn't been around for decades. I don't
>>> think
>>> >> there is a version of it operating anywhere in the world.
>>> >
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