satellite : Common Errors in English

About satellite

Originally a satellite was a follower. Astronomers applied the term to smaller bodies orbiting about planets, like our moon. Then we began launching artificial satellites. Since few people were familiar with the term in its technical meaning, the adjective “artificial” was quickly dropped in popular usage. So far so bad. Then television began to be broadcast via satellite. Much if not all television now wends its way through a satellite at some point, but in the popular imagination only broadcasts received at the viewing site via a dish antenna aimed at a satellite qualify to be called “satellite television.” Thus we see motel signs boasting:AIR CONDITIONING,* SATELLITE People say things like “the fight’s going to be shown on satellite.” The word has become a pathetic fragment of its former self. The technologically literate speaker will avoid these slovenly abbreviations.*At least motels have not yet adopted the automobile industry’s truncation of “air conditioning” to “air.”

satellite Meaning(s)

  • (n) any celestial body orbiting around a planet or star
  • (n) man-made equipment that orbits around the earth or the moon
  • (n) a person who follows or serves another
  • (v) broadcast or disseminate via satellite
  • (s) surrounding and dominated by a central authority or power

satellite in News

  1. Weather satellite reactivated after micrometeoroid hit

    NOAA returned the GOES 13 weather satellite to service Monday after investigators found a micrometeoroid likely struck the spacecraft in late May, putting the satellite into standby mode for three weeks.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Spaceflight Now

  2. Satellite college campus work OK'd

    Satellite college campus work OK'd Times Union Copyright 2013 Times Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 10:57 pm, Monday, June 10, 2013 Yet the exact cause of the price remains murky, with neither lawmakers nor County Executive Dan McCoy's administration pressing the issue — or eager to take blame. Legislators ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

  3. Satellite spots 'hidden' fires in Amazon that outdo deforestation

    Small fires in the Amazon rain forest are having a huge impact.A new satellite imaging technique has allowed scientists to see Amazonian fires burning beneath the jungle canopy, called "understory fires," which were previously difficult to detect. These fires destroy several times more forest than is taken out by deforestation each year, according to a new study, published recently in the ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: MSNBC

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