Out of the Blue

Odd thought that popped into my head for no reason in particular. Why are remotes called remote controls, rather than remote controllers? I can't figure that out, and I also can't figure out why I'm trying to.

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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad!
Oct 2, 2009, 20:55
Kxmode
 
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad! Oct 2, 2009, 20:55
Oct 2, 2009, 20:55
 Kxmode
 
Because Tim Burton is mad. I don't think I need to provide a source for that. It's kind of a known fact.

This comment was edited on Oct 2, 2009, 20:55.
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad!
Oct 2, 2009, 20:43
PHJF
 
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad! Oct 2, 2009, 20:43
Oct 2, 2009, 20:43
 PHJF
 
So why didn't they call him Edward Scissorshands?
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad!
Oct 2, 2009, 20:39
Kxmode
 
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad! Oct 2, 2009, 20:39
Oct 2, 2009, 20:39
 Kxmode
 
No source for that?

"It is similar to shears and resembles it but for the fact that scissors are smaller in size and it has two cutting blades with handles." source available on comment #22.

I suppose a scissor is a type of blade much like a knife is a type of blade. They're basically the same except a scissor come in pairs and knives come in sets.
"...and in stonks, Fizzy Squeezy Stocklebocks leaped over Droopy Whoopy Bondfluffs, hitting 300-gigglebits to their 150-snorebucks. Meanwhile, in Whimsyland's market, the pancakes reached parity with pogo sticks."
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad!
Oct 2, 2009, 20:32
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad! Oct 2, 2009, 20:32
Oct 2, 2009, 20:32
 
The word scissor is the name of the blade, and is used to describe a blade that is shorter in length than shears. Because there are two separate scissors held together by some sort of fastener they are seen as a pair.

No source for that?

So a knife is a scissor, and we can also call scissors a pair of knives?
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad!
Oct 2, 2009, 18:53
Kxmode
 
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad! Oct 2, 2009, 18:53
Oct 2, 2009, 18:53
 Kxmode
 
why is it a pair of scissors?

Circa 1384, sisoures, from Old French cisoires (plural) meaning "shears". Spelling with sc- happened around the 1600's and was influenced of M.L. scissor "tailor". Usually with pair of (attested from circa 1400) when indication of just one is required, but a single form without the -s was occasionally used circa 1440, cysowre.

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The word scissor is the name of the blade, and is used to describe a blade that is shorter in length than shears. Because there are two separate scissors held together by some sort of fastener they are seen as a pair.

Next question!

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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad!
Oct 2, 2009, 18:48
PHJF
 
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad! Oct 2, 2009, 18:48
Oct 2, 2009, 18:48
 PHJF
 
Because each blade is a scissor?
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad!
Oct 2, 2009, 18:40
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad! Oct 2, 2009, 18:40
Oct 2, 2009, 18:40
 
Next question!

No cheating! My implicit question, is, why is it a pair of scissors?
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad!
Oct 2, 2009, 16:03
Kxmode
 
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad! Oct 2, 2009, 16:03
Oct 2, 2009, 16:03
 Kxmode
 
And here's the "next question" after the answer to the pair of pants thing. Does this mean scissors used to be separate too?

Scissors is the name of an edge tool. It has two crossed pivoting blades. It is used as a cutting instrument. It is similar to shears and resembles it but for the fact that scissors are smaller in size and it has two cutting blades with handles. A scissors is operated with the assistance of a pin in the centre of the blades that holds them together and makes it movable.

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Next question!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 2, 2009, 14:24
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Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2009, 14:24
Oct 2, 2009, 14:24
 
I recall having a reall old-school remote...

It had a button per channel and *might* have been a wired device. Similar to the way the old car steroes worked (physically push this button all-the-way-in so it tunes to this channel).

I recall we had a laminate overlay telling us which button was Nickelodean and such.

Anyone ever have experience with this kind of remote? Or am I losing it?

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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad!
Oct 2, 2009, 14:11
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Re: Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad! Oct 2, 2009, 14:11
Oct 2, 2009, 14:11
 
Blue, rare is the time I complain about the ads. I like to click them on occasion to hlep out. But this friggin Xbox Live splash ad is really getting on my tits now.

In about 30 days this situation should change.

And here's the "next question" after the answer to the pair of pants thing. Does this mean scissors used to be separate too?
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Re: No subject
Oct 2, 2009, 14:06
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Re: No subject Oct 2, 2009, 14:06
Oct 2, 2009, 14:06
 
Remote Controls emulate the controls on your TV....remotely....

So that must be what struck me as wrong, it should be called a "Remote Controls"!!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 2, 2009, 14:04
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Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2009, 14:04
Oct 2, 2009, 14:04
 
My slight tweak on the etymology is that originally the remote was a device with a single button. So it was one of many controls on the electronic device. The volume control. The color control. And the control that wasn't located on the box but was on another thingamajig way over there (e.g. "remote"). If you look at something like the Lazy Bones [url=]http://www.electronichouse.com/slideshow/category/3891/656[/url] it makes sense. It's only later when all of the functions are replicated on the remote that they are full-fledged "controllers" of the device.
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Re: No subject
Oct 2, 2009, 13:43
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Re: No subject Oct 2, 2009, 13:43
Oct 2, 2009, 13:43
DG
 
Well I'm in no position to be a grammar nazi but here's my take:

The device may be referred to as a remote controller in that the device is controlling the TV. Once device hence singular controller - plural here would be for two+ remote controllers.

You would not correctly refer to multiple devices as "remote controls": you are not making any reference to how many devices there are but instead referring to functional "controls".

This is probably clearer if you substitute "controls" for "buttons": "pass the buttons" may refer to any number of controllers.

alternately:
a remote has controls
a remote does control
a remote is a controller

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Re: No subject
Oct 2, 2009, 13:08
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Re: No subject Oct 2, 2009, 13:08
Oct 2, 2009, 13:08
 
No they're Pirate Ghosts... wait wrong conversation.

No, they're Ghost Pirates!
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Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad!
Oct 2, 2009, 13:03
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Xbox Live Ad driving me Mad! Oct 2, 2009, 13:03
Oct 2, 2009, 13:03
 
Blue, rare is the time I complain about the ads. I like to click them on occasion to hlep out. But this friggin Xbox Live splash ad is really getting on my tits now. For over a week this thing splashes on almost every page I open - it's frickin huge - and I cannot close it. You click the close bubble and not only does it not close it launches a new browser redirecting to the Xbox live site. This thing is beyond intrusive, bud, and it's really pissing me off now.

I know there's only so much you can do, but if you can get off the site, great, if you could even get it fixed so it actually closes when you click the close bubble, great. If it came up 1/4 of the time it does now it'd still be too much. These advertisers need to learn that this sort of stupidity not only turns off potential customers but it makes them outright hostile to the prodcut or service they're trying to push. Not to mention the fact that I've had a 360 for a few years now. I don't subscribe to Live and never will.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 2, 2009, 13:01
Kxmode
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2009, 13:01
Oct 2, 2009, 13:01
 Kxmode
 
It's called a pair of pants because each pant leg used to be one separate item of clothing, and was belted in the middle.

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Next question!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 2, 2009, 12:46
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Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2009, 12:46
Oct 2, 2009, 12:46
 
Why is it called a pair of pants when it's only one piece of clothing?

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Vintage Nimoy
Oct 2, 2009, 12:39
Kxmode
 
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Vintage Nimoy Oct 2, 2009, 12:39
Oct 2, 2009, 12:39
 Kxmode
 
Awesome photo!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 2, 2009, 12:30
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Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2009, 12:30
Oct 2, 2009, 12:30
 
I'm also pretty sure that remote controllers used to be called remote controllers, and in typical fashion, controllers got slanged into controls.

Also a valid argument. At least in my house I'd say a majority of the time it's simply called "the remote."

Where's the remote?
The batteries in the remote are dead.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Oct 2, 2009, 12:06
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Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2009, 12:06
Oct 2, 2009, 12:06
 
I'm also pretty sure that remote controllers used to be called remote controllers, and in typical fashion, controllers got slanged into controls.

Isn't it great that we have the Internet, so we can all worry about this kinda stuff.

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