RE: OT: Pseudo- tags

Subject: RE: OT: Pseudo- tags
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 09:30:07 -0500

Marguerite Krupp reports: <<If I recall correctly, this is doubly punful
because Geoff works for an organization called FERIC. In chemistry, the iron
ion with the higher valence (+++, I believe) is called "ferric". Right
Geoff? BTW, what IS

I do indeed work for FERIC (the Forest Engineering Research Institute of
Canada), but the fe(r)ric pun is merely serendipitous. Ferric (as opposed to
ferrus) does indeed represent the +3 iron ion, and one wag observed that we
really should use <Fe> for only mild irony, <Fe+2> for serious irony, and
<Fe+3> for truly magnificent irony. Too subtle for my taste. <g>

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
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