RE: What's the word for...

Subject: RE: What's the word for...
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 17:27:41 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew Warren [mailto:awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com]
> Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 5:06 PM
> To: McLauchlan, Kevin; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: What's the word for...
> McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
> > Lie back and gaze at the stars (or the ceiling) and you are supine.
> > Lie face down, and you are prone.
> >
> > Lie on one side or the other and you are.... are..... are.....
> > what, again?
> Lateral. Google for:
> supine prone "lateral position"
> to see thousands of examples.

But if I was talking to you on the phone and said that I was supine, you'd have a good idea what I meant.

If I said that I was "lateral", your first thought would be "lateral to what". Or "does he mean literal"?

Lateral lying does get about 3 million Google hits, but side-lying gets more than 12 million, so ... so I'm not sure where that leaves me.

Meanwhile, as I wait for my ride to arrive and between spurts of typing I casually observe my hand, I note that I can pronate it and I can supinate it. Can I laterate or lateralate it? Would anyone, including me, know if I did? :-)

- K

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