Thursday, April 15, 2010


Not so common any more, this word. It does make me think of the one tattoo in my life I have truly liked: an English alphabet ringing an upper thigh. I thought, Well, if I ever get a tattoo, that's the one I'm getting.

From Tachyon Publications' online catalogue copy for The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals, a book that must be for children:

As featured on Boing Boing and and brought to you by the same creative team that gave you The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases, this irreverent abecedary is the must-have present for anyone seeking to broaden their imaginary culinary experiences guilt-free.

Is Jewish guilt to be perennially in fashion? I suppose so.

Lest I stray too far from the OED: 1685 COTTON Montaigne I. 606 There is an abecedarian ignorance that precedes knowledge, and a doctoral ignorance that comes after it.

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