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    Re: Definition Drift, WAS: Bowditch 1995 Table 18
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2005 Feb 4, 14:15 -0500

    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Ron Roizen
    > unsolicited and pedantic language footnote:  The word "arcane" means
    > obscure, mysterious, and complicated; the writer was probably intending
    > "archaic."
    This writer indeed meant archane, as in obscure and complicated with roots
    lost in the mists of time. They have no concept of how the rotary motion is
    supposed to relate to the terrestial rotation, especially since the watch
    dial [sic] normally rotates twice per 24 hours here in the US, while the
    planet rotates once per 24 hours, so the analogy behind the analog motion is
    incorrect to start with.
    "Becoming", as in the older generations have no problem with them. But the
    newer generations already have no concept of how to use them. The transition
    is across a fast few generations, which are already all present on the
    planet. Things become arcane as the knowledge about them dies out, and
    barring global extinctions, that takes some time to happen.

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