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  • n. nihilartikel


Coined by the magazine The New Yorker based on a fictitious entry for Lillian Virginia Mountweazel in the 1975 edition of the New Columbia Encyclopedia. (Wiktionary)


  • And yet, Wikipedia has an entry for “Mountweazel.”

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  • Indeed, the word ‘Mountweazel’ is now used as a synonym for ‘phantom’ or ‘false entry’ in reference works – fictitious articles created as an aid in the detection of copyright infringement, as the encyclopaedia editors did in this example from the seventies.

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  • Turning from fountain design to photography in 1963, Mountweazel produced her celebrated portraits of the South Sierra Miwok in 1964.

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  • If Mountweazel is not a household name, even in fountain-designing or mailbox-photography circles, that is because she never existed. ESQUIVALIENCE, OR RELEASING GIANT TURTLES.

  • ” Mountweazel, the encyclopedia indicates, was born in Bangs, Ohio, in 1942, only to die “at 31 in an explosion while on assignment for Combustibles magazine. ESQUIVALIENCE, OR RELEASING GIANT TURTLES.

  • William H. Harris and Judith S. Levey, eds, “Mountweazel, Lillian Virginia”, The New Columbia Encyclopedia, New York: Columbia University Press, 1975, 1850.

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  • 1972 Mountweazel died at 31 in an explosion while on assignment for Combustibles magazine.

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