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     The "s" key is right next to the "a" key and much closer than the space bar.

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From: Mike Valley <mtv(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2000 8:39 PM
Subject: RE: English 101

>Your question:
>Do you understand the word "aseismic" to mean "seismic" or
>Short answer:
>Long answer:
>I, personally, do not use the term "aseismic design" when I mean
>"design for seismic resistance."  And yes, Roger is correct that
>seismologists use the term aseismic to mean "not related to
>However, there is a long history of researchers using the term
>"aseismic" to mean "anti-seismic" as Fred mentioned.  I searched the
>National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering (NISEE) web
>site for earthquake engineering abstract using the keyword "aseismic"
>and got 200 hits--all related to design for seismic resistance.  I've
>noticed in the past that most of the people who use "aseismic" in this
>sense are not native English speakers; however, there are some
>exceptions to this observation (J.M. Kelley, for example).  One highly
>regarded leader in the earthquake engineering field, Emilio
>Rosenblueth, selected "A Basis for Aseismic Design of Structures" as
>the title of his 1951 Ph.D. thesis at the University of Illinois.
>The grammarian in me insists that "aseismic design" should not be used
>to indicate "design for seismic resistance," but we shouldn't forget
>that others have intended that meaning.  By the same token,
>"earthquake engineering" is probably not the best grammatical
>construct to describe what many of us do; my dictionaries indicate
>that "earthquake" is always a noun and thus shouldn't be used as an
>adjective.  For those most involved in the profession, "earthquake
>engineering" is the accepted term--right or wrong.
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