Word origins (mnensia and mnemosyne)

Daniel Dudley <>
Tue Dec 31 01:00:39 CET 2002


Sorry about the typo.

I thought as much when a wildcard search revealed "amnesia".
However, I didn't dare believe that someone could be that
clever (and witty)! :-) Thankfully, Claes has owned up to
that bravado while Haakon has revealed the similarity
regarding "mnemosyne".

Cheers to you all,
Daniel

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Torbjorn Tornkvist" <>
To: "Daniel Dudley" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Monday, December 30, 2002 5:24 PM
Subject: Re: Word origins (mnensia and mnemosyne)

> Daniel Dudley wrote:
> 
> >I'm curious about the origins of the words mnensia and
> >mnemosyne. A search in web dictionaries gives no answers,
> >so I assume the words are concocted by the creators of the
> >mnensia and mnemosyne applications -- but on what basis?
> >
> >Daniel
> >  
> >
> You probably mean 'Mnesia' ?
>
> Anyway, the Mnesia  DB was initially named "Amnesia" , but
> some manager at Ericsson though that wasn't a funny joke so 
> the 'A' was dropped from the name.
>
> Apparently, Mnesia is still a valid greek word meaning 
> 'memory' or something like that.
> Mnemosyne was taken from the Greek mythology if I remember
> correctly.
> 
> Cheers /Tobbe




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