Saturday, March 28, 2009

La Sourdine

I'm sure you've noticed how Spanish or French versions of things often come out longer. A case in point: my computer speaker has a big round button, which underneath says

PUSH TO MUTE

and also

APPLIYER POUR ACTIVER LA SOURDINE

Hee.

2 comments:

Edward said...

That's because Spanish and French are Hilbert Systems for English, and thus take N^2 symbols in the worst case for abstraction elimination.

Tam said...

Never talk linguistics with a mathematician...