Sunday, August 29, 2004

For those interested in obscure vocabularies

Vladimir Nabokov, in his published lectures on literature, describes Ulysses as a "fat book of more than two hundred sixty thousand words" and a "rich book with a vocabulary of about thirty thousand words." To use thirty thousand DIFFERENT words in the span of one novel is, needless to say, impressive, and for those of us who celebrate the esoteric language Joyce employs, I recommend the following site:

This link will take you to "Forthright's Phrontistery," a database dedicated to compiling WEIRD words, archaisms, etymologies, etc. It's a trip--enjoy!
Paul Sisko


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