Talk:encyclopaedia

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Is there somebody else who knows Danish? Is it really true that an encyclopedia is called a leksikon?Polyglot 05:20 Aug 11, 2003 (UTC)

I wouldn't be surprised. There is an English word lexicon.

Looks like it. See w:da:Leksikon, w:da:Encyklopædi. —Muke Tever 21:04, 12 Jun 2004 (UTC)
That would be a reasonable translation, yes.__Gamren (talk) 11:26, 8 November 2015 (UTC)

Latin[edit]

@Mahagaja, Isomorphyc (honestly I'm not even sure whom to ping), I'm always a bit uncomfortable with New Latin and vowel length, since it seems so hard to verify. What do you think, should it be encyclopaedīa? —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 20:37, 19 February 2018 (UTC)

My thought would be no; for example, acedia is from ἀκηδίᾱ, and Lydia is from Λῡδῐ́ᾱ , but neither the i nor the a are long in these cases. This would not sound like very natural Latin at all to me. Isomorphyc (talk) 21:06, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
Right, but those have a short iota in Greek, while ἐγκυκλοπαιδεία has a long iota (spelled ει). I don't know for sure, but I suspect this is, in fact, encyclopaedīa. —Mahāgaja (formerly Angr) · talk 21:13, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
You are correct; I wrongly ignored the epsilon and would concede in this case. Isomorphyc (talk) 21:20, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
Can you think of any other words of this form? I can't off the top of my head. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 21:43, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
FWIW, Gaffiot and L&S give paedīa/Paedīa (from παιδεία (paideía)). --Per utramque cavernam (talk) 21:54, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
I didn't know that was its own word! Thank you. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 21:56, 19 February 2018 (UTC)