Wednesday, May 07, 2014


A Monkey House

Robert Gunther (1869-1940), quoted by Christopher Stray, "Dictionary mongers," Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources (May 5, 2014):
The Delegates [of the Clarendon Press] never realized what a monkey house their employees made of the Old Ashmolean. How their young male assistants used to keep rushing up the stairs with their latest lexicographical slips to the upper room where shrieks of feminine laughter rewarded their lexicographical discoveries.
Hat tip: Ian Jackson.

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