I suppose I should explain why this in an A&D blog? Well, my background is that I have a Ph.D. in Classics, that is, Greek and Latin literature in the original languages. The derivation of certain words particularly interests me. So, συμπόσιον, symposium, or, a drink together, is the original meaning of the word we now use to indicate a conference or a meeting. However, a Ph.D. in Classics was not (and is still not) a hot item in the market when I came out of graduate school, so I took a personal odyssey which brought me from Classics to computers, systems and software engineering. The learning of natural languages somehow made learning computer languages somewhat easy, and seems to have trained me in abstract thinking, which is somewhat of a miracle since I was a math-phobe (φόβος--fear) through all of my academic years.
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