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Re: "Usefull languages"

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 20, 2002, 20:48
In a message dated 2002.02.20 03.16.15 AM, and_yo@HOTMAIL.COM writes:

>I should perhaps clarify that I in no way dislike dictionaries, and may >even be found browsing thru' one on the chance I'll find something
>It's just that sitting down and actually reading a dictionary, like you'd >read a novel, is unbearably tedious.
LOL I actually have sat readin' the Oxford Encyclopedic Dictionary on occasion... well, not exactly readin' thru' it like a novel, but sort of 1/2 readin', 1/2 browsin' ;) clearin' up my (mis-)understandin' of certain words, learnin' unfamiliar ones, lookin' up the origins, etc.. BTW once I got the OED, I could not tolerate other [English] dictionaries (i.e. the Webster). This is purely opinion and linguistic "stylistics', of course (and possibly somehow my Sino-British cultural background/identification as well). But do others on this list have certain dictionary preferences? and - perhaps - certain dictionaries they absolutely loath? In a message dated 2002.02.20 03.24.37 AM, and_yo@HOTMAIL.COM writes:
>I've got a private "game" for ingredient lists and similar: I try to figure >out what it means in the most exotic language to me, if that fails, I look >at the second most exotic lang, und so weiter. > >I get bonus points for getting it in a Romance language, good for Dutch, >and >okay grade for German. If I have to check the English or Scandinavian >versions, I've failed. Finnish is usually not worth trying!
ROTFLMAOSHIH ::tongue-in-cheek tone:: I thought I was the only one that did that. czHANg @A@A@A@A@A@A@A@A@A@A@A@A@A "An anarchist society, a society which organizes itself without authority, is always in existence, like a seed beneath the snow, buried under the weight of the state and its bureacracy, capitalism and its waste, privilege and its injustices, nationalism and its suicidal loyalities, religious differences and their superstitious separatism." ~~~ Colin Ward "Logic, organization, government should all be forgotten inasmuch as they begin themselves by making us forget the essential. ... We should learn to live without working. That would mean we would have to live creatively." ~~~ John Cage ~ thee Tru Priz ov Existenz iz Ætern'l Warfær 'n' Creativ Playf'llniz~


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