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PostSubject: Common Misuse of a Term   Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:29 pm

Now, this problem isn't a result of anyone's bad English. It's done by pretty much everyone in the English-speaking world.

The term "dimension" is used numerous times to refer to a different world. This is a pet-peeve of mine, and it's very commonly done. Any physicist or mathmetician knows that a dimension consists of two directions and does not apply to an entire world.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimension
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimension#Literature

I suggest the term "world" or "universe" be used instead. Preferably "world", or maybe "realm", since no one really knows whether the fabric of spacetime, even in Felarya canon, is uni- or multiversed. There are numerous theories, really.

I know this is mostly me just being a stiff. But if someone addressed the problem, I'd truly appreciate it. And don't worry, I'm not insulting anyone: it's a very, very, VERY common sci-fi mistake.
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PostSubject: Re: Common Misuse of a Term   Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:51 pm

I prefer "plane" myself.
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PostSubject: Re: Common Misuse of a Term   Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:10 am

I'm thinking "trans-universal" or "inter-universal" over "inter-dimensional".
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PostSubject: Re: Common Misuse of a Term   Sun Feb 01, 2009 7:17 am

That's why I no longer used the term "dimension" to refer to other worlds. I use "world", "universe" and "realm" in the case I'm talking of different worlds. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Common Misuse of a Term   Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:14 pm

Feadraug wrote:
That's why I no longer used the term "dimension" to refer to other worlds. I use "world", "universe" and "realm" in the case I'm talking of different worlds. Razz
As do I. I personally prefer "world", myself.

(Sorry to necro, I just remembered I made this topic. Plus, it was still on the first page.)
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PostSubject: Re: Common Misuse of a Term   Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:48 am

I typically use world.
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PostSubject: Re: Common Misuse of a Term   Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:35 pm

Well, my point in making this was to suggest a change within the wiki. I admit that it's not a glaring error, just a little something that annoys me slightly whenever I'm reading it.
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