Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Intimacy bound

In preparation for my submission to the Intimate Ubiquitous Computing workshop at Ubicomp, I looked up "intimate."

intimate
Function: adjective
Etymology: alteration of obsolete intime, from Latin intimus innermost
Date: 1632
1 a : INTRINSIC, ESSENTIAL b : belonging to or characterizing one's deepest nature
2 : marked by very close association, contact, or familiarity

intrinsic
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle French intrinsique internal, from Late Latin intrinsecus, from Latin, adverb, inwardly; akin to Latin intra within
Date: 1642

intra-
Function: prefix
Etymology: Late Latin, from Latin intra, from (assumed) Old Latin interus, adjective, inward
1 a : within; b : during; c : between layers of

interior
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin, comparative of (assumed) Old Latin interus inward, on the inside; akin to Latin inter
Date: 15th century
1 : lying, occurring, or functioning within the limiting boundaries

internal
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English internalle, from Latin internus; akin to Latin inter between
Date: 15th century
1 : existing or situated within the limits or surface of something

inter-
Function: prefix
Etymology: Middle English inter-, enter-, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French inter-, entre-, from Latin inter-, from inter; akin to Old High German untar among, Greek enteron intestine, Old English in in
1 : between : among : in the midst

Latin Comparisons:
Positive: in, intra
Comparative: interior, interius
Superlative: intimus

Hmm. Having always considered intimacy to be rather messy, I was a bit surprised to see that its definition relies on containment and fixity. The only sense of movement (or leakiness) that I can find is with "intimate" as a transitive verb meaning "to make known," or moving from unknown to known. And that's suggestive of other things again ...

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