Replying to LO26701 --
Gavin Ritz <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>Hi Chris and org'ies
and our host comments:
>[org'ies?? This is getting out of hand! ..Rick]
Greetings to both of you and all other "youngies" of mind,
When I first read this delightful creation of Gavin, I cried out with
Are we looking at a self-organising system here?
I have explained some time ago how we make diminutives in my mother tongue
Afrikaans by adding the suffix "-(tj)ie" and then getting rid of any
intricate clusters of consonants. Gavintjie will stay like that, but
Ricktjie will be simplified into Rickie. I have given examples how we use
the diminutive to express deeper feelings such as endearment or contempt.
Well, Gavintjie did just that, summarised as
. "org" + "-(tj)ie" => "org'ie" (plural "org'ies")
Rickie took up these deeper feelings with a mocking challenge!
Well done, you both have made my day and, I think, of many other fellow
Marketing the treasures of our languages leads to sheer pleasures.
Unlike the word "org'ies", the word "orgies" is the plural for orgy. It
comes from the Greek word "orge" which meant "wrath", i.e. an "indulgence
into something of which destructions are the outcome". But the word "orge"
also meant a "secret rite so as to obtain something mystical". This dual
meaning of the word shows that the Greeks tried to articulate with it what
we will today describe with the concept of an "ordinate bifurcation" --
something which results into either a "constructive emergence" or a
"destructive immergence" at the edge of chaos.
What is most striking to me, even though I know too little of the Greek
etymology yet, is the root "or" in "or-ge" as well as in for example
"or-ganon"=organ(=intrument). In the latter "or-ganon" the "ganon" seems
to have meant "cluster" so that "or-ganon" refered to a cluster of "or"s.
Here are some Greek words beginning with "or":
"oros"=mountain, "orinos"=hill, "ornis"=hen, "orphanos"=fatherless,
"ortrizo"=early, "orgilos"=angry, "orthos"=upright, "orgeomai"=orchestra
How much is this "or" related to the "ar" of art which I contemplated some
time ago? The "ar" was that ancient sound symbolising that an effective
contact has been made. If "or" means the same, then "organon" means a
cluster of effective contacts like cells forming an organ and organs
forming an organism. What wealth is not locked up in the word
It also makes me think of the Latin words "oro"=pray and "aurum"=gold. To
pray ("oro") on a mountain ("oros") early ("ortrizo") the morning or
evening when the sky is golden ("aurelius") is so much different from
praying elsewhere. One can smell in the breeze what comes from beyond the
horizon (openness), perceive many different things (otherness), appreciate
tiny things in the valley below (spareness), connect with heaven above
(fruitfulness), see very far where heaven and earth join (wholeness), feel
the solid mountain carrying the valley at its foot (sureness) and wish to
fly like an eagle passing by (liveness). Soon the words of the prayer are
silenced by thoughts too graceful for words -- the becoming order out of
It is "or" and "ar" all the way! How can anyone say that praying on a
mountain is not a scientific thing to do? Is "order out of chaos" not also
a topic for science? Is this not the very issue through which science and
art finally can become whole again?
With care and best wishes
At de Lange <email@example.com> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa
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