doctorow — 2014-02-14T18:04:24-05:00 — #1
johneightthirty — 2014-02-14T18:31:42-05:00 — #2
That should be "a laser-cut Cupid automaton". It has Greek roots, like "phenomenon".
duncancreamer — 2014-02-14T18:59:08-05:00 — #3
Kinda cutting it close to the Valentine wire, ain'tcha?
bob_shaw — 2014-02-14T19:16:19-05:00 — #4
Well said. I was about to post the same comment!
brainspore — 2014-02-14T19:29:22-05:00 — #5
doctorow — 2014-02-14T22:47:18-05:00 — #6
No, it's a neologism used by automata creators -- they use the latinate plural form as a singular, and have done for at least a decade.
sockdoll — 2014-02-15T00:46:00-05:00 — #7
Maybe that form is more popular with British builders. I'm only familiar with the traditional automaton (singular) and automata (plural) forms but I know that automata building is popular over there. It used to be an interest of mine, along with puppetry and puppet building.
That cupid is a cool design, in any case - thanks. I think I need to get a laser cutter now before I get a 3D printer. Arthritis would be much less of a barrier with either of them. I owe you a laser-cut cupid if I ever get one.
drabkikker — 2014-02-15T02:42:31-05:00 — #8
It would surprise me if that were intentional. It rather looks like an example of the broader development where English speakers are losing the distinction between singular and plural in Greek/Latin-based words: criteri
umon/criteria, phenomenon/phenomena, visum/visa, fungus/fungi, etc.
scav — 2014-02-15T06:15:30-05:00 — #9
Greengrocers have been using apostrophes in plurals for longer than that
mcsnee — 2014-02-15T11:49:08-05:00 — #10
"Criterium" is a particular kind of bike race. I think you're looking for "criterion."
drabkikker — 2014-02-15T12:15:06-05:00 — #12
Woops, you're right. Criterium is the version in Dutch, my native language. Welp. At least we know a plural when we see one. (Except for data, sorry to say.)
ranger — 2014-02-17T11:33:25-05:00 — #13
I could be way off base here, but I would take issue with it being called an Automata/on at all. after all, is it self operating? I would think it would need to have some sort of mechanism to continue operation without manual input.
doctorow — 2014-02-19T18:04:29-05:00 — #14
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