Sunday, September 24, 2017

Hapax legomenon

PHILOLOGY: Hapax legomenon: the classicist's googlewhack (Boing Boing). Hapax legomena are, of course, important for biblical studies and all areas of philology. There is a well-known book by Frederick Greenspahn on Hapax Legomena in Biblical Hebrew

At some point early in Google's history it was a thing to try to find a search term that gave back just one Google result. That is rather like a hapax legomenon. But I guess those days are gone entirely and now you need two terms together; hence the "googlewhack."

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