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Re: [Tinycc-devel] Segmentation fault compiling jslong.c

From: Rob Landley
Subject: Re: [Tinycc-devel] Segmentation fault compiling jslong.c
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 16:35:27 -0500
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On Friday 21 September 2007 4:23:11 am Dave Dodge wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 11:38:11PM -0500, Rob Landley wrote:
> > On Thursday 20 September 2007 9:35:05 pm Gregg Reynolds wrote:
> > > On 9/20/07, Rob Landley <address@hidden> wrote:
> > > > means is "doesn't move", same root as stasis.
> > >
> > > Mmm, more like "stands", which isn't quite the same.
> >
> > *shrug*  My last etymology course was in 1987, I'm not interested in
> > arguing with you.
> OT: (since I have OED handy): "static" comes from Latin staticus, from
> the Greek ({sigma}{tau}{alpha}{tau}{iota}{kappa}{goacu}{fsigma})
> "causing to stand" and also pertaining to [skill in] weighing.  It's
> heavily overloaded even in English; OED has 7 definitions for it just
> as an adjective.  Earliest quotations OED has are mid-1600s, mostly to
> do with weighing things though there's a rare usage describing someone
> as having a stable mental condition.  Its use in regard to
> electricity, and in physics as the opposite of "dynamic", dates from
> the mid-1800s.

Since Mirriam Webster is online:


> Main Entry: sta·sis
>  Pronunciation: 'stA-s&s, 'sta-
>  Function: noun
>  Inflected Form(s): plural sta·ses  /'stA-"sEz, 'sta-/
>  Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, act or condition of standing, stopping,
> from histasthai to stand -- more at STAND 1 : a slowing or stoppage of the
> normal flow of a bodily fluid or semifluid: as a : slowing of the current
> of circulating blood b : reduced motility of the intestines with retention
> of feces 2 a : a state of static balance or equilibrium : STAGNATION b : a
> state or period of stability during which little or no evolutionary change
> in a lineage occurs

Seems like the same greek word to me.

Can we go back to my "don't want to argue about it" bit now?

"One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code."
  - Ken Thompson.

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