The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418   Message #2580596
Posted By: Amos
03-Mar-09 - 05:40 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
There are two different paths to a single root (and one skin). The Latin root preparare, to get ready for something beforehand, is the same root as the one from which we get paring, I think, and it originally meant to reduce something little by little (since about 1500). It comes from an old root implying the birth of a calf or small animal. Parare, Lat. means to get ready, while preparare means to get ready beforehand. When you pare a vegetable you are making it ready, but you are also preparing it if you do it before you need to use it. If a vegetable is moving along a rail track at the speed of light c, and is observed by a chef C standing on the nearby platform X, then it will appear to the observer C to never quite arrive at readiness. It's all relative to temporal distortion.