Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Word of the day

Todays word is encyclopedia, used, unusually, as a plural. In the current issue of State Library of Victoria News is this sentence: "...many Library staff are walking encyclopedia when it comes to the collection ..." Those who are familiar with my presentation Thoughts on the Language of Consortia know what I think about the plurals of words of Latin origin. However, encyclopedia is Greek, and is singular in both languages. But I don't want to be pedantic.

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