Re: Not snazzy (was: New Unicode Savvy Logo)

From: Andrew C. West (
Date: Wed May 28 2003 - 11:31:28 EDT

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    On Wed, 28 May 2003 08:02:13 -0400, John Cowan wrote:

    > In case your dictionary does not explain this, its etymology is the
    > Portuguese verb "saber" < Lat. SAPERE, which was used in the original
    > Lingua Franca and from there spread into almost all the pidgins and
    > creoles of the Earth. As you can well imagine, a pidgin needs a verb
    > for "understand/comprehend" as one of its very basic words! So it
    > can be verb ("understand"), adjective ("being able to understand"),
    > or noun ("comprehension"). The last is the least informal, at least in
    > English; the adjective is evidently meant here, and in more normative
    > orthography "Unicode-savvy" would be used.

    The OED says "Orig. Black & pidgin Eng. after Sp. sabe usted you know"

    To me at least, it conjures up images of Tonto speaking to the Lone Ranger : "Me
    no savvy, Kemo Sabe".


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