This post is a jumble (a new genre, looser than an essai).
I wanted to share a word new to me, “merlion” from the Oxford English Dictionary, but after typing and pasting below, I saw this warning:
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Why is the venerable Oxford University so paranoid? The dictionary is in print, online, in most libraries, and therefore even more public than the university itself. Yet this free, anonymous WOTD e-mail is anchored with a warning of confidentiality, legal irresponsibility, surveillance potential, and caution excessive even for Brits. Hmmm… Well,here goes. Below is an excerpt, in quotation marks, properly documented. I post this not to breach confidentiality, steal intellectual property, nor to bring legal charges, but to spread the literal word, to celebrate the OED, and to encourage its proper use. I trust this does not violate any of the Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics (CEI). For a more restrictive viewpoint, see the Government of Guam’s Internet Code of Ethics. [Guam is a Pacific island outpost of the United States, where my father was stationed while I was in elementary school.]
[You wouldn’t know that my zodiac sign is Leo, since I’m neither golden, resplendent, nor outgoing. But the king of beasts is also regal and reserved, and the version below loves the sea. Hence, he’s me.]
“OED Online Word of the Day [for August 11, 2014]
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈməːˌlʌɪən/, U.S. /ˈmərˌlaɪən/
Etymology: < mer- comb. form1 + lion n.
A mythical creature with the head and trunk of a lion and the tail of a fish, regarded as the protector of Singapore.
The merlion is represented on a celebrated monument installed in Merlion Park, Singapore, on 15 Sept. 1972.”
Via the © Oxford University Press 2014. www.oed.com