Ed Kupfer writes:
Here's a reprint, to save you from having to follow the link:
Given a community A and an adjacent community C, such that A is prosperous and populous, and C is less populous and prosperous, and nonreciprocal interest of C in the internal affairs of A, often C will need ego compensation by occaisional noisy and noisome display of its superiority over A. In this case C is said to be the canada of A, C = canada(A).
For example, it has been previously established that
canada(California) = Oregon
canada(New York) = New Hampshire
canada(Australia) = New Zealand
canada(England) = Scotland
The Fractal Theory of Canada.
For all A there exists C such that
C = canada(A)
canada(USA) = Canada
canada(Canada) = Quebec
canada(Quebec) = Celine Dion
It would appear that the hierarchy would bottom out an individual. However an individual is actually a community of tissues, tissues of cells, cells of molecules, and so forth down into the quantuum froth.
canada(brain) = pineal gland
canada(intestines) = colon
canada(electron) = neutrino
and so on. There is no bottom.
"My God! It's full of Canadas!"
An early Language Log post discussed the fractal deconstruction of yankeehood ("It's Yankees all the way down", 9/12/2003), without however daring to take the process to the subatomic (or even anatomical) level.Posted by Mark Liberman at March 26, 2008 07:03 AM