Spent quite some time reading Wikipedia this weekend. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before [and I can't even find the post on my own blog!], Wikipedia is very addictive. Whilst I’ve edited some small things, I mainly just use it for reference. However, it’s just so easy getting lost on there.
Something Root mentions on his blog is very true:
“Wikipedia! – you go to look up a CSS term… and you end up reading about Spanish painters and astronaut micrometeorite protection. [...]“
I don’t know how I ended up at Floccinaucinihilipilification, I do remember looking at some latin phrases.. It’s the longest non technical word in the Oxford dictionary and basically means to think of something as worthless. And I’ve yet to be able to pronounce it properly.
That reminded me of Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo which is a grammatically correct sentence using all three meanings of the word Buffalo and means that the Buffalo’s from the place Buffalo that are being bullied by other buffaloes also bully other buffaloes themselves. Sort of along the lines of eat and get eaten.
Language is something amazing and there is just so much more to it the more you read about it which is why I’ve made an early Christmas present to myself which should arrive in the next few days: Mother Tongue: The English Language by Bill Bryson.
A witty, irreverent but very useful account of the peculiarities of the English language. This book is designed to appeal to all lovers of language and history.