Unmuffling the 'muffel'

Authors

  • Otto Hietsch

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/linguistica.21.1.209-225

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Unmuffling the 'muffel'

Abstract

It is only once or twice in a lifetime that an individ­ ual may decide to buy himself an encyclopaedic dictionary. Whether.unilingual or bilingual, the purchase of a lexicon. is (punning unintentional) a weighty matter to consider, and guidance will invariably be sought from someone who is looked upon as an insider. However, a bookseller, with such an interesting customer in sight, will probably be more than ready to claim the virtues of precision-and all­ inclusiveness for the volume or volumes on the desk before him. Moreover, the pamphletsbrochures and other advertis­ ing matter brought out by a publisher cannot be expected to be less biased either, and prospective customers will find themselves waylaid by phrases like "with this diction­ ary we have reached the limits of lexicographical up-to­ dateness."

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Published

1. 12. 1981

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