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Words!

May 06, 2010
Tags: books, words
  • Latin: "album, albīneut., white; white tablet, record, list register." So the "White Album" is... hm.
  • Old English: "bānlocamasc., joint, limb, skeleton." A kenning: bone-lock.
  • Speaking of Old English, look at this, a Folio Society edition of Seamus Heaney's famous Beowulf translation. I want it bad. Look at those linocuts. It sells for $126... That's the sale price. With 20% off.
  • "Hapax legomenonn., from Gr. a word or form of which only one instance is recorded in a literature or an author" (OED). Apparently Shakespeare and the New Testament Epistles have a ton of hapax legomena.