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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:47 PM
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Reference work you'd like to see online/interactive? (not the Kama Sutra)
I think I'm coming out of the closet as a meganerd again here. Me, I'm all for The Timetables of History http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/067174271... with which I've been obsessed since I first encountered it 10-odd years ago. Wouldn't it be the coolest?

Note: Fun fact from the book: Last year in which nothing happened: 1476.

So what are yours?
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:53 PM
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1. OED
It's online, but it's super expensive. (Less expensive than the print version, of course.)

I've developed a bit of interest in linguistics these days, and I like the etymology.
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trackfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:17 PM
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3. I have the photo-reduced Compact version
which retails for about $300. (I got it as a freebie). It has the whole thing reduced to about 12 pages per page, and comes with a super magnifying glass. I can actually read it without the magnifying glass, for which feat my wife considers me some sort of freak.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:03 PM
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2. An interactive histortical atlas would be nice
So that one can see the borders changing over time. It would also be good for watching migrations into Europe from the steppes.
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:26 PM
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4. Exactly! This would be my academic discipline, if I had one
Girlfriend wants me to go get a PhD on human migration, since I'm so obsessed with it. I think I'd have to invent it, though...
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grannylib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:40 PM
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5. Another vote for the OED here, best. dictionary. ever.
Although the Timetables of History would be awesome as well; I have the book and pick it up constantly, never fails to interest and amuse!

Once had an assignment in college to write a five-page paper on any word we chose, from the OED. Other 'meganerds' would agree that it would be a fun task; I loved it! I think every other classmate I had at the time groaned out loud though...
I picked 'metamorphosis' as my word.
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