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Re: [ontolog-forum] Practical onomastics...

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From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 13:40:58 -0400
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It occurred to me that one of my favorite excerpts from Lewis Carroll's 
'Through the Looking Glass' is particularly appropriate to this 
discussion, showing that this was a well-known issue in 'knowledge 
engineering' in 1880:    (01)

'It's long,' said the Knight, 'but very, very beautiful. Everybody that 
hears me sing it -- either it brings the tears into their eyes, or else -- '
'Or else what?' said Alice, for the Knight had made a sudden pause.
'Or else it doesn't, you know.
'The name of the song is called "Haddocks' Eyes."'
'Oh, that's the name of the song, is it?' Alice said, trying to feel 
'No, you don't understand,' the Knight said, looking a little vexed. 
'That's what the name is called. The name really is "The Aged Aged Man."'
'Then I ought to have said "That's what the song is called"?' Alice 
corrected herself.
'No, you oughtn't: that's quite another thing! The song is called "Ways 
and Means": but that's only what it's called, you know!'
'Well, what is the song, then?' said Alice, who was by this time 
completely bewildered.
'I was coming to that,' the Knight said. 'The song really is "A-sitting 
On A Gate": and the tune's my own invention.' 
  -- Lewis Carroll (C.L. Dodgson), "Through the Looking Glass"    (02)

Edward J. Barkmeyer                        Email: edbark@xxxxxxxx
National Institute of Standards & Technology
Manufacturing Systems Integration Division
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8263                Tel: +1 301-975-3528
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8263                FAX: +1 301-975-4694    (03)

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