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"The term “currying” has nothing at all to do with the delicious foodstuff. Instead, it’s named after the mathematician Haskell Curry, who rediscovered a technique devised by another mathematician named Moses Schönfinkel. While Haskell Curry certainly contributed heaps to computer science, I think we’ve missed a fun opportunity to have a useful programming technique called schönfinkeling."

Until I looked up the history of the term, I assumed it had to do with the /other/ meaning of "curry", which has to do with preparation and grooming (you see it most often - unless you're a horse person - in "curry favor").

@alice @noelle Well, I meant this, but the way I said it was confusing: My friends from India claim that "curry" is best literally translated as "gravy" and that they way we use it in America was initially very confusing to them because it has a more specific meaning here.

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@benhamill @alice @noelle this is the American Way

borrow general words from other languages to mean a very specific interpretation of it related to a culture that speaks the language

(e.g. sombrero)

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@InspectorCaracal @alice @noelle It's really the English way. We've been doing it for hundreds of years. Cf. "parley" from French.

@benhamill @alice @noelle Absolutely true.

I was mostly just amused at using the phrase "the American Way". >.> (I think we might do it slightly more these days than England does.)

@InspectorCaracal @alice @noelle That's an interesting idea! 🤔 I don't know how you'd best measure that, but hmm hmmm…

@benhamill You'd need some data tracking on adopting new words and where they were sourced from, which I assume exist in contemporary linguistic studies but I don't happen to have on me. <.<

@benhamill @InspectorCaracal @noelle I don't know either but I usually consider the USA to be the cutting edge of asshattery so *shrug*