A great word—unknown to me before reading Cory Doctorow’s rebuttal to a MS blogger about Norway using MS video for its national video archive (which I also view with mistrust—governmental systems should always be open sourced, imho, despite my particular affection for certain more proprietary systems).
The OED (Thanks SPL!) has a short entry, listing use as surprisingly modern—1879 being the first recorded entry.
The word itself is onomatopoeia, glissading off the tongue and ending in lyrical lalaing. I think I’ll try to use it in a sentence today.
“We weren’t very surprised when George W. Bush’s speech descended into glossolalia.”
Posted by: Martin McClellan
On the date of: October 17, 2005 07:42 AM