_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. Theauthors
> 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".)
* "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" |
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