Subject: Re: about VAXstation performance
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From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
Date: 07/29/2000 00:49:01
>> As for what "MIP" is, it's the singular of "MIPS". [...]
> Double blunder... MIPS isn't a plural word, it's short for "million
> instructions per second", which makes "MIP" just silly. "million
> instructions per" what?
As I explained when thorpej made the same point in a different way,
that doesn't matter when back-forming.
> Backforming just don't work that way...
My dear friend, that is *exactly* how back-formation works: by
"incorrectly" assuming that a word that appears as though it might have
been formed by a regular process from some root was in fact so formed,
and inferring the root therefrom.
As online webster puts it:
1: a word formed by subtraction of a real or supposed affix from an
already existing longer word (as burgle from burglar)
2: the formation of a back-formation
I could argue about the "longer" part, but for the purposes of
discussing the "MIPS -> MIP" issue, it doesn't matter. If it really
bothers you, I can probably be convinced to invest the effort necessary
to dig up references to linguistics literature....
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