Thanks, I can see that there is some use and power in the analogy, though it is an analogy, especially when you get to the commutative part (I think of those Eliot poems which feature The Word, speaking, and hearing). The verbum infans and virum infans don't, in their grounds, much point to each other. Sorry for the fractured Latin.

Ken A.

At 01:28 AM 10/28/2004 -0700, Francis Gavin wrote:

Words are the DNA of language. It's also commutative. A virus is a language.