Continuing a theme

rogersgeorge on February 6th, 2012

The comic XKCD doesn’t often have a thread—more than one comic on the same theme (though it does have some recurring characters, such as a bad guy, who wears a black hat). Wouldn’t you know, one of those rare threads fits this blog, so I pretty much have to post this one, too. Be sure to go to the site and get the RSS feed. Even when it’s not about language, it’s a pretty good site. This comic is number 1012, by the way.

I guess the etymologist-entomologist joke is an old one.

“Entomon” means, literally, “in sections.” We have a descendant of this word in “tome,” meaning a large book. Originally it meant one of a set of books, such as part of an encyclopedia.

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