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Topic: triangle, quadrilateral
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John Conway

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Re: triangle, quadrilateral
Posted: Dec 15, 2003 2:58 PM
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On Sat, 13 Dec 2003, Mary Krimmel wrote:

> Thank you for asking, Audrey, and thank you for a very interesting reply,
> John Conway.
> Mary Krimmel

You're very welcome. I noticed an error in that reply, namely that
the second "England in the following should of course be "the USA".

> > Someone then pointed out what had happened, and the usage in England
> >was successfully re-reversed, with the effect that by about 1900 the
> >terms were used in Proclus's original senses in England, but still with
> >the reversed senses in England, where the "re-reversal" didn't manage
> >to stick. Some large American dictionaries still tell you that the
> >two terms are used in opposite senses in the two countries.


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