In Case of Emergence…

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From Kris V.:

The attached image is of a door in the LRSM building on Penn's campus this morning. The sign in the upper right made me think of your recent Language Log post about "emergent". It's probably just a typo, but I didn't hang around to see what might emerge from the door.

The referenced post was "A re-emergent meaning?" 6/11/2021.

More context for today's door sign:

What might emerge? There are many possibilities, even if we focus on the LRSM


  1. Yerushalmi said,

    June 30, 2021 @ 9:11 am

    I momentarily considered that it might be a deliberate pun about an AI achieving sentience, but the rest of the context and sign seem to make that unlikely.

  2. S Frankel said,

    June 30, 2021 @ 9:19 am

    It also makes sense as a spelling by a Spanish speaker.

  3. David L said,

    June 30, 2021 @ 10:01 am

    Perhaps the sign was put there before the 17-year cicadas started appearing. They should take it down now.

  4. KevinM said,

    June 30, 2021 @ 2:08 pm

    I know you said Philadelphia, but are you sure the sign wasn't posted in Punxsatawney?

  5. Viseguy said,

    June 30, 2021 @ 9:16 pm

    What might emerge could be An Event So Wild It Could Make Anyone Feel Cosmically Small (paywall).

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