perrin at apotheon.com
Sat Jul 24 21:49:17 UTC 2010
On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 02:59:25PM -0400, Jerry McAllister wrote:
> In ancient lore there was a bunch friendly characters who hung
> around out of sight and waited for a being - human being mostly -
> to need help. One of those creatures would slip in and somewhat
> mysteriously do little things to help - not necessarily fix the
> whole problem, but place something in the human's way that can help
> them solve the problem. These merry creatures were called daemons
> - pronounced day-mohn. I guess they are sort of like friendly
> sprites of elves.
Actually, "daemon" is a Latinization of the Greek "daimon". Daimon is
pronounced something more like "die-mahn", but (being from the Latin)
daemon is prounounced "dee-mohn". Unix tradition holds that "daemon" is
pronounced similarly to the Latin fashion (in practice, roughly like
"dee-muhn" by English speakers).
> This has come up on this list a hundred times. Far better to educate
> those who are poorly informed than to roll over to prejudice and
I agree. Good work.
Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
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