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Re: [PATCH] ledger lines

From: Laura Conrad
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ledger lines
Date: 28 Mar 2002 11:01:17 -0500
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>>>>> "Han-Wen" == Han-Wen Nienhuys <address@hidden> writes:

    Han-Wen> Bass is related to the latin for low, whereas base is
    Han-Wen> related to the Greek verb "bainoo" for step
    Han-Wen> (eg. Xenophon's Anabasis). I'd say there is no basis (pun
    Han-Wen> intended) for mixing them up, and if anyone did so in the
    Han-Wen> 1600s, then they're as clueless as the people who mix it
    Han-Wen> up today.

Before there were dictionaries there wasn't standardized spelling.  So
someone in the 16th century may very well have written base instead of
bass, but the more common part name was bassus.  So if someone wrote
base it's evidence that they pronounced bass something like the way we
do, but not that they thought it was derived from something other than
the latin bassus.

Laura (mailto:address@hidden , )
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