Re: [OT] British vs. American English
On Mon, 03 Oct 2011 18:25:22 +0200
Ralf Mardorf <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-10-04 at 00:44 +1100, Scott Ferguson wrote:
> > On 03/10/11 23:17, John Hasler wrote:
> > > I wrote:
> > >> The heirs of Herr Siemens might disagree with you on that, not to
> > >> mention Thomson, Faraday, etc.
> > >
> > > Scott writes:
> > >> and Tesla (AC).
> > >
> > > While born in Europe Tesla became a US citizen and did his
> > > important work as such.
> > Yes - of course. I only watched "The Prestige" the other night - I
> > must be getting very old.
> > Electricity didn't go much of anywhere without AC - I recall Edison
> > tried with DC. Can't remember alternators - would that be Seimens??
> > I suspect we can credit the USA with the petroleum industry - though
> > it's only "suspect". And geographic/political boundaries don't
> > reliably define much.
> > Cheers
> Long distances need high voltage and AC. I suspect Nikola Tesla was a
> Roma from Jugoslavia, since my Gypsy friends, Roma from Jugoslavia,
> know his name and his profession and claim that he was a Roma. Dunno,
> but since their general knowledge isn't profound, there must be a
> reason that they especially know Tesla. I believe that three-phase AC
> could have to do with Siemens, I've got no idea what role was played
> by George Westinghouse. I won't read the Wiki.
All the Romany know each other.
It's a principally oral tradition:
"In a world without walls and fences,
what need have we for Windows or Gates?"