On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 05:10:05PM +0100, Telmo Menezes wrote:
> Bruno did not invent the term "dovetailing" nor is he the only person
> to use it in computer science. A simple google search will show you
> this. I know you're a smart guy and understand the metaphor, so you're
> just complaining for the sake of complaining. Do you also disapprove
> of the use of a sewing term to describe a type of computation
> (threading)?

I was a little puzzled by the etymology of "dovetailing" when I first
heard it, as I knew about the carpentry term. However, it apparently
comes from tilers, who describe a pattern of laying tiles as
dovetailing. And that analogy makes more sense.



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Visiting Professor of Mathematics      hpco...@hpcoders.com.au
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