Magazine article Word Ways

The Second Millenium

Magazine article Word Ways

The Second Millenium

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Happy thousand--and that many congratulations. I put together Kickshaws a few times in the 1980s and I know how hard it was to gather just the right material. In the August 1987 Word Ways (20: 175-83), I quoted Nobellist in Literature Elias Canetti, from (New York; Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1978) by listing 31 of his short thoughts about words. I can't think of a better replay than a baker's dozen of these. Here's to your next kilokick!

--The various languages you ought to have: one for your mother, which you will subsequently never speak again; one which you only read but never dare to write; one in which you pray but without understanding a single word; one in which you do arithmetic and to which all money matters belong; one in which you write (but no letters); one in which you travel, and in this one you can also write your letters.

--Of all words in all languages I know, the greatest concentration is in the English word <I>. …

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