Sunday, February 10, 2008
random bites of knowledge
DS12, 'Mom, what does the acronym LASER stand for?'
Me; 'Laser isn't an acronym, son, it's a light.'
DS12; 'Mom, it stands for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation"'
DS12; 'It stands for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation"'
Me; 'Are you sure?'
DS12; 'Yes '
me; 'So saying give me a laser light is redundant?'
DS12; ' Not exactly because laser is a verb. It is a verb because it is light amplification which is an
action and not light amplifier which is an object. So the acronym LASER should not be used in context such as "Warning laser radiation" of course that is assuming that the acronym laser is not also a word which it probably is by now.... So now, 'warning laser radiation' would be grammatically correct instead of incorrect.'