gismu etymology

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Extracted from camera obscura.

That should be kacma fi zi'o; anything (such as a tree) which has nothing to record images on kacma fi noda. --phma

  • kacma fi zi'o is good (I almost chose it); it means something like "camera for which any recording medium is irrelevant," which is true for a camera obscura. kacma fi noda means something like "camera which does not record on any medium," which I think is also good. I don't accept that lo'e tricu cu kacma fi noda. A gismu is not defined by its places only, but by its entire definition. Both kacma fi zi'o and kacma fi noda rely on the listener accepting that a camera obscura is just like a familiar photographic kacma except for an unusual treatment of the x3 place; I think both suggested unusual treatments work. mi'e jezrax
    • phma is right. A kacma be fi noda is not lo kacma, just as a dunda be noda is not lo dunda. So it doesn't make much sense to insist that a kacma be fi noda should still be something we consider a camera.
      • Reference, please. mi'e jezrax
        • Do you accept lo'e tricu na kacma fi da? It means exactly the same as lo'e tricu cu kacma fi noda. --xorxes
          • What you choose to consider a "camera" is your own problem. pe'i la jezrax cu prije jimpe .i mi'e xod
          • Of course. When I say lo'e tricu cu kamca fi noda, I'm saying that a tree is not a camera. --xorxes
    • Another way to say it is kacma fi lo nomei, which means that it is a camera but its recording medium is nothing. A camera with film kacma fi zi'o gi'enai kacma fi lo nomei. --phma
      • Right. It is important to keep the meanings of noda and lo nomei appart. They're two significantly different "nothings". --xorxes

ki'e rodo for the fascinating discussion. As usual, I learn more from posting my errors than from what I get right! mi'e jezrax