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today's wwftd is... scriptorium

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    the worthless word for the day is: scriptorium [Med. L] /scrip TOR eum/ a room in a monastery set aside for the copying, writing, or illuminating of
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2004
      the worthless word for the day is: scriptorium

      [Med. L] /scrip TOR eum/

      a room in a monastery set aside for the copying,
      writing, or illuminating of manuscripts and records

      "[Murray] decided that while everyone else seemed
      to call this nasty and damp and unhealthy little
      building 'the Shed', he would dignify it by the name
      monks gave to the room in which they prepared
      illuminated manuscripts: 'the Scriptorium'. The name
      stuck -- to this building in Mill Hill, and later when
      the project moved to Oxford."
      - Simon Winchester, The Meaning of Everything
      The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

      -tsuwm
      http://home.mn.rr.com/wwftd
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