[time-nuts] Loran?

J. Forster jfor at quik.com
Mon Dec 20 15:49:44 EST 2010


OED be damned!

I'm not going to change the name of one of my Yahoo Groups from
Vintage-Military-RADAR

So there ! :)

-Jo0hn

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>   As written in Wikipedia and as I have always understood:  "The term
> RADAR was coined in 1940 by the U.S. Navy as an acronym for radio
> detection and ranging."
>
>  David
>
>  At 01:04 PM 12/20/2010, you wrote:
>  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
>
>  ===============
>
>
>  > 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  wrote:
>  >> Indeed. But thats the way it goes.
>  >>
>  >> On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 12:52 PM, J. Forster  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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