#1 By: Cory Doctorow, February 14th, 2014 18:04
#2 By: John Eight Thirty-Two, February 14th, 2014 18:31
That should be "a laser-cut Cupid automaton". It has Greek roots, like "phenomenon".
#3 By: Duncan, February 14th, 2014 18:59
Kinda cutting it close to the Valentine wire, ain'tcha?
#4 By: Bob_Shaw, February 14th, 2014 19:16
Well said. I was about to post the same comment!
#5 By: Tim, February 14th, 2014 19:29
#6 By: Cory Doctorow, February 14th, 2014 22:47
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.
#7 By: sockdoll, February 15th, 2014 00:46
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.
#8 By: Drabkikker, February 15th, 2014 02:42
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.
#9 By: Peter Harris, February 15th, 2014 06:15
Greengrocers have been using apostrophes in plurals for longer than that
#10 By: JNM, February 15th, 2014 11:49
"Criterium" is a particular kind of bike race. I think you're looking for "criterion."
#12 By: Drabkikker, February 15th, 2014 12:15
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.)
#13 By: Ranger G, February 17th, 2014 11:33
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.
#14 By: Cory Doctorow, February 19th, 2014 18:04
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