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October 18, 2000

Words, Words, Words

Just an early morning tidbit. Here are three of my favorite words for testing out a dictionary's mettle:

nugatory

Of little or no importance; trifling.

omphaloskepsis

contemplation of one's navel

phreatic

Of or relating to ground water.

So if you're looking to buy a dictionary, don't do it unless it has these three words (and your own personal favorites). You may very well never need to know or use these words, but it is, as my old calculus instructor used to say, "a measure of sophistication".

Posted by dpwakefield at October 18, 2000 06:59 AM