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  • This is the department of useless techniques. Mechanical Avunculogratulation, for example, is how to build machines for greeting uncles. We're not sure, though, if Pylocatabasis belongs, since it's the art of being saved by a hair. Somehow that doesn't seem completely useless.

    --Umberto Eco, 1988, Foucault's Pendulum, p. 74

    September 29, 2008

  • Weird. I remember well that in the Italian version, it was a machine for greeting aunts.

    September 29, 2008

  • Probably the translator decided that materteral was too obscure relative to avuncular to serve as a root for the word.

    September 29, 2008

  • No, sorry, I mean that avunculogratulazione meccanica is defined as "how to build machines for greeting aunts"!

    September 29, 2008