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Thread #59418   Message #2705422
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
21-Aug-09 - 10:38 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
So "µ" is "mu", huh? I've heard of it, but never seen it written in Greek.

But it's a bit of serendipity that "mu" should arise just as the discussion has turned toward the theme of the MOAB. We are referring not to the Greek letter, but the Japanese word, best known to westerners via the Zen koan:

A monk asked Jôshû: "Has a dog Buddha-nature or not?"

Jôshû answered: "Mu."

"Mu" is a negative answer, but it doesn't literally mean "No". It means something more like "Unask the question" or, in a more modern translation, "What the fuck?". What more appropriate answer to the question "What is the nature of the MOAB?" could there be?

And, of course, there's the added bonus of the fact that "Mu" is a homonym of "Moo", thus establishing a link between the bovine source of literal BS and the MOABic source of cosmic BS.