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King_Ghidra
04-04-2005, 11:50:31
Why are the north and south sections of the globe referred to as hemispheres and not demispheres or semispheres or somesuch?

what is the particular meaning of hemi in this context?

Greg W
04-04-2005, 11:54:44
The wonders of an online dictionary (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=hemi).

Drekkus
04-04-2005, 11:57:44
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
Why are the north and south sections of the globe referred to as hemispheres and not demispheres or semispheres or somesuch?

what is the particular meaning of hemi in this context? hemiwit

King_Ghidra
04-04-2005, 12:02:21
Originally posted by Greg W
The wonders of an online dictionary (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=hemi).

yeah thanks, so hemi means half, just like semi or demi, thanks a lot :rolleyes:

Greg W
04-04-2005, 12:03:25
Originally posted by Drekkus
hemiwit :lol:

Funko
04-04-2005, 12:06:16
because hemi and sphere are both from the greek.

Funko
04-04-2005, 12:08:23
It's a hemisphere for any sphere, not just a globe.

Most of (all of?) our geometry words come from the greek, they invented it.

Euclid - father of modern geometry.

miester gandertak
04-04-2005, 12:58:35
Originally posted by Drekkus
hemiwit :lol:

King_Ghidra
04-04-2005, 13:00:21
thank you i know all of those things, but why have a different word at all? we don't just use the word semi to refer to a semi-circle, we say semi-conscious, semi-detached, etc. ditto demi. but only the sphere gets the special prefix hemi, it seems very strange

miester gandertak
04-04-2005, 13:03:19
jawohl, only the sphere and his brother -demisemiquaver. And it is just monday, help help

Greg W
04-04-2005, 13:04:30
Dictionary.com lists:
1. Half: hemihedral.
2. Partial; partially: hemiparasite.

So I'd say there's at least three words that use hemi. Even if I've never heard of them...

Nav
04-04-2005, 13:14:10
"I like living in the Northern Semisphere, I once visited the Southern Semisphere." No, that sounds a bit odd. :)

miester gandertak
04-04-2005, 13:16:15
:lol:

Greg W
04-04-2005, 13:21:26
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
yeah thanks, so hemi means half, just like semi or demi, thanks a lot :rolleyes: Oh, and semi and demi don't necessarily mean half btw. Semiconscious doesn't mean half conscious, nor does semiofficial mean half official. Demi may also refer to partial, as in demigod, not necessarily half.

Fistandantilus
04-04-2005, 13:24:00
Originally posted by Funko
It's a hemisphere for any sphere, not just a globe.

Interesting. In italian we use "semisfera" for a generic sphere, "emisfera" is an astronomic term and used for the globe only AFAIK.

King_Ghidra
04-04-2005, 13:26:09
www.etymonline.com is a nice site. Basically confirms that semi and hemi both mean half and that semi has been more commonly used to form new words since the 15th c.

Funko
04-04-2005, 13:40:40
I thought semi-circle was the exception. :)


Other common everyday uses of hemisphere - when talking about brains.

King_Ghidra
04-04-2005, 13:42:53
:lol: everyday eh, sick weirdo

Greg W
04-04-2005, 13:45:03
I liek how he strung common and everyday together. As opposed to rare everyday words. :lol:

Funko
04-04-2005, 13:49:55
Well I might call someone a pedantic motherfucker only once a day but call someone that every day.

Greg W
04-04-2005, 13:51:26
:lol:

King_Ghidra
04-04-2005, 13:51:27
:lol:

MoSe
04-04-2005, 15:11:48
Originally posted by Fistandantilus
Interesting. In italian we use "semisfera" for a generic sphere, "emisfera" is an astronomic term and used for the globe only AFAIK.

I always heard "emisfero" in a geographical context.
In geometry "semisfera".
Almost never "emisfera".

I'd say that by us the prefix emi doesn't sound odd, unusual or rare. Mostly used in geometry (emiciclo = "hemicycle"), but also in physics (emivita = half-life, of a decaying radioactive element)

MoSe
04-04-2005, 15:12:30
Originally posted by Funko
Well I might call someone a pedantic motherfucker only once a day but call someone that every day.

would semi-daily mean twice a day or every other day??????????

Gary
04-04-2005, 15:15:20
Or twice every other day ?

MoSe
04-04-2005, 15:18:52
you got me a hemicephalalgia (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=hemicrania)!!! :lol:
for which we retinaed the original form emicrania in semi-common everyday use, while you migrated to migraine

I think I'll not get half-better till I workout my semi-colon obstruction;;;

paiktis22
04-04-2005, 15:25:11
I remember what one (very spastic, unwashed, ragged clothed, neurotic, antipathetic to the core) professor of ancient greek (yeah right) told us once. she was interviwed by some french person in order to get a degree in french. so he was asking her the meaning of a series of the most difficult french words, that were in fact greek, and that's how she breezed through the exam.
btw that unworthy bitch told me i read a poem wrong after i specifically, demonstratively, unquestionably evidently posed at the right word. what human wastes are made professors if they have the right contacts.

paiktis22
04-04-2005, 15:26:26
please carry on

Lurker
04-04-2005, 16:14:20
Damn, that was a helluvan aside.