Words & Stuff

dd: From Dodgson to Dodo (Reader Comments and Addenda)

(17 March 1998)

I ought to have said "an ideologically correct student" rather than "a conscientious student." Oh, well, esprit d'escalier and all that.

Pierre Abbat once found a question and its answer on the same page of a Farsi dictionary:

cheqadr? chahel. (how many? forty.)

He adds: "What is really striking is that this could as easily be true of their Spanish translations: cuantos? cuarenta."

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Jed Hartman <logophilia@kith.org>