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Seize Weird Science Species!

(Mon Oct 24 09:39:44 2011)

I have officially decided that the American English spelling rules reflect life itself.

Wait. Let me back up.

In real life, whenever someone tries to write an equation that determines a value, it starts something like this:

V = I*R

That is, voltage across a given resistor is equal to the current through the resistor, times the resistance of the resistor. It's the first equation you learn in Circuits, and for good reason; it's what the rest of the class is based on.

Only it's wrong.

Yep; wrong. See, every tiny piece of wire has little bits of all sorts of circuits in them. The simplest resistor still acts like it has a couple capacitors and inductors stuck on it. The equation ends up having all those bits accounted for, and thus having "L*dI/dT" and "C*dV/dT" thrown in a few times. A simple resistor turns into a nightmare of "imaginary" circuits in parallel and series, especially at higher frequencies. And then you throw transistors into that mix, and it simply explodes.

Ok, um, sure, you say. But what in the world does this have to do with spelling? Good question!

Remember when you were learning to spell, and you learned the "equation" I before E? Right, well, that worked at first, for words like friend and fiend - but then, horror, the letter C! Receipt and ceiling forced you to change it to I before E, except after C.

But then you ran into more problems. What about weight, or neighbor? Back to the verse:

I before E except after C, and in words that say "ay" like Neighbor and Weigh

Ah! Perfect! But then... what about words like weird? Or therein? or seize? They don't say "ay" at all! Or what about words that DO have I before E, even after C, like specie or society or concierge? Even science is spelled wrong!

But that's just it. There isn't a rule that really encompasses all of the English language, any more than there is a rule that encompasses all of circuits. But it's not a big deal - science isn't a hard word to spell, and weird looks more weird when spelled wierd. It's something you get used to. In circuits, at low frequencies, a resistor is just a resistor. All those stacks of extra circuits just don't make an impact. That's how life is; there's a simple rule, which gets broken and amended and replaced for all the tiny little things that COULD happen... and then you just go back to using that little rule anyway. Well, most of the time, at least.

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