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Where Three Ways Meet is one of Emily Bronto's favourite Bikwil features

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Where Three Ways Meet

In Issue 6 we begin a new series of trivia: Where Three Ways Meet.  Contributors are Sockrates and Harlish Goop.

Please refer to our Series Catalogue for an indication as to which Bikwil issues a given contributor's pieces of trivia have appeared in.

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Where Three Ways Meet

(Judging by reader response to droll things like Land o' Useless Facts, The Dead People Server, etc., it obviously behoves Bikwil to run a segment of trivia oddments. Hence this new column. If you know some Latin, or your dictionary gives derivations, you'll see why it has the title it does.

Send 'em in, all those bits of trivia (any topic), wherever you find 'em your office's bulletin board, the Net, your local rag. None need be original, of course, nor need the source be acknowledged. WTWM, like other columns of its ilk elsewhere, will be unblushingly plagiaristic, and therefore, no doubt, largely pseudonymous.

In all likelihood, each time we run the column there'll be pieces from more than one contributor, so if you only have one item, don't be deterred it'll appear sometime, just as soon as we have enough to fill a page.)

The first six miscellanea today were supplied by someone called Sockrates, the last two by our regular verbalist Harlish Goop.

The two longest words (12 letters each) that can be typed using only the left hand are "stewardesses" and "reverberated".

The longest word that can be typed using only the right hand is "lollipop". "Skepticisms" is the longest word that alternates hands.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

The San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile US National Monuments.

The "save" icon on the standard toolbar in Microsoft products shows a floppy disk with the shutter on backwards.

The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two meanings which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

The combination ough can be pronounced in nine different ways, as the following passage shows:

A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough. After falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.

The name of the Spanish city Saragossa is a corruption of the words Caesar Augustus.

The natives of Newcastle and Manchester are known respectively as Novocastrians and Mancunians. These words derive from the Latin forms of the city names. Fair enough. "Glaswegian" (native of Glasgow), on the other hand, was formed by analogy with "Norwegian", while "Liverpudlian" arose when someone sometime facetiously substituted "puddle" for "pool".

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