American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- In the Bible, a city (now thought to be Babylon) in Shinar where God confounded a presumptuous attempt to build a tower into heaven by confusing the language of its builders into many mutually incomprehensible languages.
- From Latin Babel, from Hebrew בבל ("Babylon"), from Akkadian (bāb ili, "gate of God"); in Genesis associated with the idea of confusion. (Wiktionary)
“ turned back in vexation, and muttering to himself, Its a perfect Babel, its a perfect Babel went to take refuge in the church until they had dispersed; and here he awaited the Cardinal.”
“The word Babel sounds like the Hebrew word for “confused.””
“But God interposed and defeated their design by condounding their language, and hence the name Babel, meaning "confusion.”
“So the idea that men and women should be like gods was a non-starter, and the name of the doomed project was called Babel.”
The Guardian: The worldwide upsurge in demand for English versions of foreign bestsellers, coupled with the growing power of Google Translate, suggest we may be closer than ever to escaping the age of Babel
“The latest short story by Powers, The Hour of Babel, is due to be published imminently in the long awaited anthology Subterranean Tales of Dark Fantasy.”
“The machine, once it reached the height exactly equal to the tower of Babel, is struck by red-hot lightning, and plunges like proud Lucifer aflame into the raging deep.”
“Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. —”
“All those who were smart enough to avoid Syriana and The Constant Gardener should brace themselves for another wave of nauseating political arrogance in Babel," growls Armond White, and he's off again in the New York Press.”
“Marcy Dermanski: "Unrelentingly, unremittingly sad, excruciatingly painful, all for no valid reason, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel is a movie to avoid at all costs.”
“Dennis Harvey: Babel is a teetering monument, and its plot is hole pocked as if made of Swiss cheese.”
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Protagonists and relevant words in the Book of Creation (Source: King James Bible)
Immortal people after whom waterborne species were named. Most of them have been marine zoologists, I would guess.
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