laptops and 5.25 inch floppy drives?

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at
Tue Jan 16 20:40:01 CST 2007

Fred Cisin wrote:
>>> Fred Cisin wrote:
>>>> Remember that "boot" is short for "bootstrap". The relevance of THAT
>>>> goes back to Baron Von Munchausen. The good baron, although oft
>>>> accused of exaggeration, told many tales of his travels.  One time,
>>>> he was stuck in a swamp, and sinking fast.  There was nothing
>>>> overhead to grab, and nothing solid on any side.  So, he reached
>>>> down, grabbed the straps of his boots, and lifted himself out of it.
> On Tue, 16 Jan 2007, Chris M wrote:
>>  hmmm. So bootstrapping has nothing to do with getting
>> on a horse?
> Not unless you lift yourself by your bootstraps to do it.
> It is obviously a physical impossibility, just like using the operating
> system functions that are available once the OS is loaded, for loading the
> operating system.
> "To bootstrap" also shows that verbizing nouns has been around for quite a
> while.

All nouns can be verbed.

For example, "All nouns can be verbed."

Peace...  Sridhar

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