No person is an island...

(Tim, w/thanks to James) If you're a logophile, philologer, or philologue, you might get a kick out of this written by Laurance Urdang and used by the NYT as the final paragraph of his obituary:

This is not a succedaneum for satisfying the nympholepsy of nullifidians. Rather it is hoped that the haecceity of this enchiridion of arcane and recondite sesquipedalian items will appeal to the oniomania of an eximious Gemeinschaft whose legerity and sophrosyne, whose Sprachgefühl and orexis will find more than fugacious fulfillment among its felicific pages.

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Nympholepsy?

Priceless! Reminds me of one of Tom Lehrer's old jokes about necrophilia.

Kamilla

For a moment I was worried that the fact that I understood most of this paragraph might unmask me as a true philologue. Thankfully, I wasn't sure of the meaning of "haecceitty."

Whew, that was close; I almost would have had to relinquish my ineradicable hipness to David T. ;)

The link is dead.

The link is dead.

No, it's a cut/paste error. The correct link (and, it's alive as of this typing) is http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/books/26urdang.html?ref=obituaries">here.

Josh -- What a team we make. Haeccaeity was one of the few words I actually understood.

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