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Because of my articles, web casts, and column (Electronic Design) I get a fair amount of e-mail. Much is from students asking directions on how best to learn analog (just do it! people that want to learn to swim jump in the water, those that really don’t will first want to first understand the water.) Some out of work Engineers begging me for some employment contacts. I get a fair amount from engineers, most likely in grad school that want me to know that they are way smarter than me. If I said something is easy they will inform me its not. If I say something is difficult they will inform me its really easy if I knew what I was talking about. Generally they will ask me a question that is guaranteed to confirm their assertion (What is the effect of unbalanced switch impedance on the INL for a third order Delta Sigma Modulator.) For these cases I inform them that they are probably smarter than me and offer to send them a certificate stating so.
 
I just got a e-mail back from a reader upset that I had slighted the Greek people. I am included it below. He did not sign it and his e-mail address was with google
 
The word “poly” is not Latin, Mr. Van Ess, it is Greek. You may be able to throw around knowledge about capacitors but you do not understand much else, apparently; unless, there two reasons why you would distort reality: first you envy the Greeks, second you have lent money to the people who live in Greece today and you are angry because you fear you will never see it again, along with the usury you were promised.
In case you do not distort reality and you really do not know: more than 95 per cent of the English vocabulary is Greek or Latin. Greek has come to English either directly from Greece or via Latin and its modern derivatives/dialects i. e. Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese. The Latin vocabulary consists mainly of Greek with additions from the Etruscan (Etrurian), to a lesser extent from other local languages/dialects with a few words added from Celtic and Germanic idioms. The Latin alphabet and the Latin religion (mythology for the half-educated idiots) are also Greek as is, essentially, the Latin grammar.
 
The writer of this text, humbly admitting that he understands as much about Latin and Greek as about capacitors, op-amps, controllers and software, has to say that every single Greek word has at least three meanings (the word λογος, logos has more than ten) and the word poly has many, depending on the orthography (another Greek compound word, from ορθος orthos right upright, correct and γραφειν graphein to write) which rhymes with pornography (from πορνη porne whore and γραφειν) and caligraphy (from καλος kalos beautiful and γραφειν). To analyze (analysis is another Greek word) poly, polys, polo, poloo, polla, polloi, polos would go too far.
 
By the way, he did not expect Cypress to still employ born-Americans and even white guys of Northwestern-European (Dutch) origin. He thought they had replaced all native engineers with imports from india as your CEO declared and promised in a IEEE publication some years ago.
 
<not being trusted by anyone he does not trust anyone>
 
I really don’t know how to respond except maybe “Well I have a column and you don’t neener, neener, neener!” Of course “neener” is probably a Greek word. Apparently 95% of words are!
 
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