End of ADS-L Digest - 5 May 1995 to 6 May 1995 ********************************************** There are 2 messages totalling 48 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. new word? (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 6 May 1995 22:57:31 -0700 From: David Harnick-Shapiro Subject: Re: new word? > Re: thagomizer. I don't like it. Or at least not until you can > tell me what those Stegosaurus spikes thagomize and how. Sounds too > agentive for something that just sits there looking sharp and > pointed, even if I do like Gary Larson. and > I don't think anyone knows yet what those spikes thagomize--more > fossils seem to be needed. Maybe it did just sit there looking sharp > and pointed.. The thagomizer cartoon is reprinted in "The PreHistory of the Far Side" (p. 137; Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel, 1980-1989; ISBN: 0-8362-1851-5, Lib. of Congress # 89-84813). In the cartoon, one caveman stands before an easel (well, it looks more like a slide-projection screen) on which is a picture of the hind part of a stegosaurus. Using a pointer, he indicates the tail and its four long spikes. The caption reads: "Now this end is called the thagomizer...after the late Thag Simmons". Sounds like it was pretty agentive toward the late Thag Simmons. -------- David Harnick-Shapiro Internet: david[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ics.uci.edu Information and Computer Science UUCP: ...!{ucbvax,zardoz}!ucivax!david University of California, Irvine