Hello, my name is Scribacchina, and I’m a word addict

… and even spammers seem to know it!

Imagine my surprise when I found a long spam comment (with awful punctuation, which I am editing out of this post) going something like this:

The powers of the letters, when they were applied to a new language, must have been vague and unsettled, and therefore different hands would exhibit the same sound by different combinations.  From this uncertain pronunciation arise in a great part the various dialects of the same country…

and this

Of many words it is difficult to say whether they were immediately received from the Latin or the French, since at the time when we had dominions in France, we had Latin service in our churches.

and more. So I did a quick search and found out that it was taken from Johnson’s preface to his Dictionary. And I found out that that Preface is an interesting read, if somewhat outdated. And I later found out this interesting homage to the Dictionary itself.

Why anyone would use such a text as spam content is still beyond my understanding.

On a completely unrelated note, if you are a word addict like me you may like this page.

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Ditelo con parole vostre/Let your words be heard

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