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_The_ OED was Re: Too Many Too Little Possible Roots!!!

From:Peter Clark <pc451@...>
Date:Saturday, November 21, 1998, 16:29
---Hawksinger <hawksinger@...> wrote:

> Finally, you might take a look at what may be the greatest dictionary > EVER compiled, The Great Tzotzil Dictionary of Zinacantan. The
> spent years checking every phonotactically acceptable stem to make the > most complete list possible. It may be as close as anyone will ever > come to having a complete dictionary of any language, albeit at that > point in time. Don't recall the authors, it was a Smithsonian > Instititution publication though (IIRC).
Careful, Brad, you're bordering on heresy! As all good English majors know, the Oxford English Dictionary is the Dictionary of dictionaries, the Supreme Tome of Lexigraphical Knowledge. It is the only dictionary in which the definite article that proceeds its illustrious name is pronounced /Ti:5/* and not a lowly, earthly /T@/. All hail the OED and its 22-volume set! (Or is there more by now? I'm used to the first edition, but I know they're working on the second. Last I checked, they had gotten up to "s".) :Peter * "5" indicates my tone marker for "imperial" tone. To insure proper pronounciation, elevate nose by at least two inches from standard position, begin in a low tone and quickly rise to a middle tone, being sure to add extra "haughty" nasal emphasis, especially when holding the long vowel. == _____ _____________________________________________________ | \ O) ...for Christ plays in ten thousand places, ) _|__/ | Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his | / |eter | To the Father through the features of men's faces. | | | | -Gerard Manley Hopkins, "As Kingfishers Catch Fire" | \___lark (_____________________________________________________(O _________________________________________________________ DO YOU YAHOO!? Get your free address at