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Do you ever wonder why things are called what they are?
Jokes, Polls & Anything Else / 1:33 PM - Friday March 27, 2009

Do you ever wonder why things are called what they are?

Ex: why is a cup a cup?

a computer a computer?

It's something I ponder on when my mind has time to wonder.

Any thoughts?

- Asked by kyesunshine, An Alternative Girl, Female, 22-25, Phoenix

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i only question that stuff when I'm stoned.

care to pass that shit?

- Response by cierrahc, A Trendsetter, Female, 26-28, Student

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I think we should go back to caveman days, when everything was called: UGH


Ugh.. get me the ugh. And be ugh about it or I'll ugh you ugh!


- Response by steve67, A Rebel, Male, Who Cares?

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this sounds like a philosophical question

- Response by silenceiskey77, A Thinker, Female, 26-28

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a LONG time ago, someone had to name everything. then the languages got all fubared up. and that's why things today don't make sense about what we call them. otherwise, pizza and heaven would have the same meaning!

- Response by pizzatroll, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 46-55, Science / Engineering

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a cup is a vessel by which a person drinks from, in modern day times, 100 years ago or more it became a measurement, only problem is, some think a cup is 6 ounces because a resturant serves cups of coffee in "6 ounce" cups...The word computer is made of several (at least 2) other words and first appeared in about 1884..but did not get to what we know until about 1939 and 1942, relatively speaking. Today's computer which still works primarily from 0s and 1s or as we no it on and off, are still like the older paper punch computers, but have better stable programming...ie, there is no such thing as a computer error, garbage in, garbage out...if a computer gives you bad info because it is broken, you will know it is garbage, it will not tell you bad information that makes sense, but the programmer and the input person can cause it to give the wrong answer or ask the wrong question....by the way, can I borrow a cup of sugar???

- Response by phoenixbandit, A Guy Critical, Male, 66 or older, Columbus, Law Enforcement

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well because they need a name, so someone named them. Plain and simple.
Sometimes a certain item is given a name that is a definition in another language.
for example i have Fibromyalgia, well fibro means muscle and myalgia means pain in latin (i believe)

- Response by beanielou, A Thinker, Female, 29-35, Halifax, Who Cares?

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I do sometimes, so I look them up.

Cup comes from the Latin word cuppa. It's a word older than the 12th century.
Computer is a word that has been around since the 1600's. It's meaning: one that computes. This was a smart name to give that device that we know as a computer today.

www.merriam-webster.com Good online dictionary for other words that you ponder.

- Response by A Creative, Female, 46-55, Who Cares?

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'A rose by any other name wouldst smell as sweet.'
--Bill Shakespeare.

There is a whole science that deals with this...it is called etymology.

- Response by drumboi2, A Guy Critical, Male, 56-65, Retired

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yeah.... like the word "stupid"...or the word "question"..... where did those come from?

- Response by nicolegillenwater, A Thinker, Female, 36-45

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