An Example of Ido’s Logic.

Idists are often asked what makes Ido better than Esperanto. The thing is, it’s not an easy question to answer, because Ido is the result of an extensive reform that, from the point of view of a single word (such as cienco instead of scienco), might seem like an irrelevant caprice. However, it is when we explore the big picture that we find out that one of Ido’s biggest strengths is its etymological consistency. Here’s an example with biscuit which comes from French.

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Komputilo o Komputatoro?

I have been wondering for a while what word should we use for computer. Many—including Esperantists—have suggested that we should simply import it as komputero or komputoro (1, 2, 3). Additionally, the Akademio’s suggestion was abandoned in favour of the more popular komput-ilo. Furthermore, I noticed that the creators of Ido were very etymologically consistent, and that taking a look at other words could give us a better clue as to whether we should follow Esperanto’s route or create our own word. Since computer comes from the (Latin) verb compute + the suffix –er, I made a list of English words that follow a similar pattern.

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Pri Kompyuto. (3)

Kel­ka se­ma­ni an­te nun, me skri­bis ar­ti­klo en qua me pro­po­zas, ke la ra­di­ko « kom­pyu­to » esez adop­ta­ta. Po­se, res­pon­do da sio­ro Gon­ça­lo Ne­ves se­quis, en qua il opo­zis mea ar­gu­men­ti ed a qua me kon­tre-ar­gu­men­tis. Nun, me re­ce­vis no­va res­pon­do da sio­ro Ne­ves en la le­tro-lis­to Lin­guo­lis­to, e ta­fo­ye, me tan­dem to­te kon­kor­das kun il pri la adop­to di la ra­di­ko « kom­pu­te­ro ». Kon­se­que, yen lua me­sa­jo.

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Pri Kompyuto.

De­pos la tek­no­lo­gial re­vo­lu­cio­no, la lin­guo in­ter­na­cio­na be­zo­nas ter­mi­ni por re­pre­zen­tar no­va apa­ra­ti, i. a., la «com­put­er». Nam la de­ri­vo «kal­ku­li­lo» esas tro vas­ta ed am­bi­gua, on mus­tas kre­ar no­va ra­di­ko. Or, kla­re la An­gla vor­to «com­put­er» esas la vor­to ma­xim uza­ta en la fon­to-lin­gui (AGIR). La ques­tio­no esas nun, qua­le im­por­ta­car ita vor­to aden nia lin­guo in­ter­na­cio­na. Me lon­ga­tem­pe kon­si­de­ris la vor­ti «kom­pu­to­ro», «kom­pu­te­ro» e «kom­pu­ti­lo». Re­gre­tin­de, me opi­nio­nas, ke nu­la fi­de­le res­pek­tas la pro­nun­co ori­gi­nal (del An­gla, de la Ru­sa, de la Ger­ma­na, del Ita­lia­na, e. c.). Yen pro quo.

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