"Bouma" enters the Official Dictionary of Unofficial English

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Nathanael Bonnell's picture
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"Bouma" enters the Official Dictionary of Unofficial English
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I was researching something else today and I found the pretty well put together Official Dictionary of Unofficial English (it even has a quote from William Safire on the cover!). And it includes Hrant's famous "bouma", along with a quote from him as one of its seminal uses.

I couldn't find any evidence that this news has been broken to Hrant and the rest of the Typophile community, so I thought I ought to make a topic.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am
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In an actual printed book?! That's awesome!
You've made my day - thanks.

hhp

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now I know what
a Bouma is

Chris Lozos's picture
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Gary, did you Lack-a-bouma before this? ;-)

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This is and will always be my definition of Bouma

Chris Lozos's picture
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Or as they say in Boston, when addressing children born just after WWII "Baby Boomahs" ;-P

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Nice! By the way, Peter Enneson tells me that in Dutch the "ou" in Bouma is pronounced as "ow" in "cow", not as "oo" in "boom". Does the dictionary indicate the pronunciation?

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Yes, it's "ow". I used to pronounce it "oo" (even though I knew
of the native pronunciation) but Peter eventually convinced me
to use "ow" instead. For one thing it makes it sound fancier. :-)

hhp

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I guess you had to bow to Peter's language heritage ;-)

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Peter Ennison, of this book?

(Fast-reading the colophon brings back memories. I have worked with both Françoise Berserik and with the late Teus de Jong!)

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Yes, and Typophiler, particularly on reading theory.

Chris Lozos's picture
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"Peter Ennison, of this book?"

Yes, and he is also fun on a road trip through Georgia ;-)

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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FWIW, I like esoteric dictionaries to begin with, so I bought it! :-)
Thanks again for the ref.

hhp

Nathanael Bonnell's picture
Joined: 1 Jun 2005 - 8:15pm
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Heh, happy to provide it. I'm glad it's brought such joy.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
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The vain are easily pleased!

hhp

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My latest font attempt plays ..neh ...toys with/in the realm of Bouma.

n.