Monthly Archives: October 2004


Apropos of hapax logomena, logomacy is one. Or at least it was until a handful of other bloggers used it as the proper name for this blog. As it stands, all google hits on logomacy point to this site or

Posted in General, Wordplay

Spelling Reform

Language Log: More on Spelling Reform I’ve been meaning to get around to this for a while, but on reading Bill Poser’s take on spelling reform, I think that the objection that Via de Argilla raises that historical spelling (or

Posted in General

The Language Museum

The Language Museum is an interesting little site that attempt to realize the Language Museum proposed in Bodmer’s _The Loom of Language_ as a website. There you can look at word list of various languages, organized by family, side-by-side (with

Posted in Languages

Hapax Legomenon

A hapax legomenon is a word or phrase that occurs only once in a given corpus (usually an entire language, but sometimes in a particular text, or the work of a particular author). They are often found in dead languages,

Posted in General, Languages

Hapax Legomena and Spam

p. It used to be that hapax legomena were mostly something of interest to linguists and other word-freaks–after all, what use is a word that doesn’t occur anywhere else (and thus is often of uncertain meaning)? Well, if you’re a

Posted in Software