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This week's theme: uncommon homophones of common words.
bourn (born) noun
1. A destination or goal.
2. A boundary or limit.
[From Middle French bourne, from Old French bodne (boundary). Ultimately from Indo-European root bhendh- (to bind) that is also the source of band, bend, bind, bond, bundle, and bandanna.]
A small stream
[Variant of burn (brook).]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"There is still an undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns with credibility intact." Dan Hancox; The Download; New Statesman (London, UK); Oct 20, 2005.
Because we don't understand the brain very well we're constantly tempted to use the latest technology as a model for trying to understand it. In my childhood we were always assured that the brain was a telephone switchboard. (What else could it be?) And I was amused to see that Sherrington, the great British neuroscientist, thought that the brain worked like a telegraph system. Freud often compared the brain to hydraulic and electromagnetic systems. Leibniz compared it to a mill, and now, obviously, the metaphor is the digital computer. -John R. Searle, philosophy professor (1932- )