Thanks for this reminder Ed - I'd quite forgotten this: as the system I was
referring to is concerned with the naming of songs, this couldn't be more
appropriate :-) (01)
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From: "Ed Barkmeyer" <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, May 21, 2010 6:40 PM
Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] Practical onomastics... (03)
> 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:
> '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"
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