End of ADS-L Digest - 11 Feb 1996 to 12 Feb 1996 ************************************************ There are 16 messages totalling 570 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. quantum leap (2) 2. Segmentals, Suprasegmentals, & Xylophones (Huh? Howzat?)) (3) 3. new word 4. new usage of an old word 5. warp speed? -Reply 6. Monkey Wards and Kame-apart -Reply (2) 7. subculture terms 8. More on warp speed (2) 9. To boldly split an infinitive or not 10. split infinitive 11. Using an instrument to teach intonation ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 04:29:19 -0500 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: quantum leap i suspect (again) that a television program is the popularizer of this phrase (that being "quantum leap")--at least among young americans. the show involved a physicist being flung from time/place to time/place and from body to body. (though i don't know how it was that this random physics-experiment accident happened only to drop him within the continental u.s.) anyhow, the show had something of a cult following (not unlike _star trek_) and is now in nightly re-runs on one of the cable networks. i strongly suspect that most people who use the phrase think _quantum_ just means "really big". lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]muse.arts.wits.ac.za Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA