On Dec 25, 11:46 pm, Andrew Usher <k_over_hb...@yahoo.com> wrote: > Peter T. Daniels wrote: > > Just recently, there was a long thread in sci.lang and > > alt.usage.english about the word for "oxygen" in various languages, in > > which it was repeatedly asserted, without contradiction, that > > scientists understand the etymologies of their technical terminology. > > Obviously that was a false assumption. > > > But if you don't know the history of physics, you're a pretty poor > > physicist. > > He's not a physicist. He's a crank, which makes it pretty hypocritical > that he would complain about 'off-topic'' postings.