Posted by Bob on February 02, 2006
In Reply to: Butterfly effect posted by Lewis on February 02, 2006
: : : can you find out the meanig of this phrase for me as I have tryed everything. "for the sake of a nail a shoe was lost, for the sake of a shoe a hourse was lost, foe the sake of a hourse the battle was lost"
: : It means that small accidents, or minor acts of carelessness, can have big consequences. The standard full version of the rhyme is this:
: : For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
: : For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
: : For want of a horse the rider was lost.
: : For want of a rider the battle was lost.
: : For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
: : And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
: Perhaps the "butterfly effect" - that a minute change somewhere can lead to cataclysmic-scale change elsewhere should have been named the 'nail effect'. after all, the idea is that a lost nail leads to a change in government.
: I think we should ask Schroedinger's cat about it.
The subordinate claws? For a cool verse about said cat, go to http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a1_122.html