The Djao'Mor'Terra Collective (fayanora) wrote,
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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.
Tags: cool stuff, in the land of the weird, language, linguistics, weird stuff, words
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