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Things I learned today.

  1. There are three different ways to say “and others” in Latin: et alii (masculine plural), et aliae (feminine plural) and et alia (neuter plural). I always just used et alia, which is always safe, I guess, but now I can be annoyingly specific! (Ashleigh, Andrew, et aliae.)
  2. An atoll is a coral island that surrounds a lagoon! And for completeness, a lagoon is some water with a moat of land around it separating it from a larger body of water.
  3. Ira Gershwin was a lyricist, Ira Levin was an author and songwriter.
  4. Burkina Faso is a land-locked African nation where the official language is French but folk also speak Mòoré and Mandinka. Also, we can thank Burkina Faso for this.

One Comment

  1. Andrew wrote:

    Ah ha. Ah ha. Ah ha.

    (across) 19. Et ___: and others

    It was alia. It was in one of the crosswords I did today.

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

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