October 27, 2005

Cool Language Stuff

Did you know that dictionary editors will include fake words to help them spot competitors that copy their entries wholesale? I didn't.

This story just makes the language geek in me feel all cuddly and warm. How cool to spend your time reading a dictionary and trying to find the fake word.

What? Why are you looking at me like that?

(Via BoingBoing).

Posted by JohnL at October 27, 2005 12:15 AM | TrackBack

The only way I'm looking at you is nodding in agreement. There have been many times I've pulled out a dictionary to look up a word, only to find myself half an hour later wandering through the book, having forgotten what sent me there in the first place.

Posted by: Boyd at October 28, 2005 09:17 AM

Did you know that they do the same thing on maps and atlases? They include fake places or make small mistakes to prevent people from copying them and republishing them. Diabolical, I say.

Posted by: RP at October 28, 2005 09:46 AM
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