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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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An astonishing anecdote about Richard Burton (no, not that Richard Burton): "Limited opportunities to study Eastern languages in Europe continued to produce similar if less colourful follies until the middle of the 19th century. The famous Orientalist Richard Burton was some way into his self-taught study of Arabic before he discovered he should be reading the language right to left instead of left to right." (No wonder his translation of Arabian Nights ends with the beginning)