When Bob Dylan said ‘pre-existing’ commitments, he was using a 16th cent word

by Rashmee

Posted on November 18, 2016


When Bob Dylan said “pre-existing commitments” will prevent him from picking up his Nobel Prize in person in Stockholm, he used at least one word too many. The “pre” in “pre-existing”. It’s not required. “Pre-existing” is a tautology in two halves of one word. “Existing” means to exist already. So does “pre-existing”. But the word … Continue reading “When Bob Dylan said ‘pre-existing’ commitments, he was using a 16th cent word”

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In the beginning was the word. In German. Ditto at the end

by Rashmee

Posted on June 4, 2013


Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz. Now redundant. Always unpronounceable to anyone who doesn’t belong to the 100 million-strong group for whom German is a native tongue. Or for those who don’t speak it as a second language. Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz is 63 letters long and 14 years old. Till last week, it was the longest word in the German language, a full 18 … Continue reading “In the beginning was the word. In German. Ditto at the end”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK