Monday, May 09, 2005

Reference fun

I found two interesting reference-related pieces today in my news aggregator:

1) Offbeat reference books [via]: This article describes some "wacky" reference books that have been published recently. Perhaps the most interesting fact (to me) mentioned in this article is that, "Isaac Asimov is the only author to have [written] at least one book in every category of the Dewey decimal system." (This fact is found in Mitchell Symon's That Book ... of Perfectly Useless Information.)

2) The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form [via Boing Boing]: The goal of this site is to "to write at least one limerick for each and every word in the English language." Here's a good one for the word apostrophe:

The apostrophe's often abused:
It gets battered, and bruised, and misused.
On a plural, a blight;
For possessives, just right,
Barring "its", which leaves people confused.
(by mino)

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