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Hapax Legomenon

This comic talks about a term for an interesting literary/linguistic event I'd never before thought of. Called "hapax legomenon," it is a word that occurs only once in an entire span of something, like if a word is used only once in one's life or only once in an entire book, or so on. Like the word "gopherwood" appears only once in the entire Bible (and, also, only once in the entire written record of classical Hebrew). I find this absolutely fascinating.

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drjon
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
How do they know it's really gopherwood, then?
drjon
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
Hee hee! I should have visited the link before commenting!
fayanora
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Heck if I know.
gothicat
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
that was really interesting
fayanora
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
Innit just, though? :-)
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