"Bouma" enters the Official Dictionary of Unofficial English

Number3Pencils's picture

I was researching something else today and I found the pretty well put together Official Dictionary of Unofficial English (it even has a quote from William Safire on the cover!). And it includes Hrant's famous "bouma", along with a quote from him as one of its seminal uses.

I couldn't find any evidence that this news has been broken to Hrant and the rest of the Typophile community, so I thought I ought to make a topic.

hrant's picture

In an actual printed book?! That's awesome!
You've made my day - thanks.

hhp

Gary Lonergan's picture

now I know what
a Bouma is

dezcom's picture

Gary, did you Lack-a-bouma before this? ;-)

.00's picture

This is and will always be my definition of Bouma

dezcom's picture

Or as they say in Boston, when addressing children born just after WWII "Baby Boomahs" ;-P

William Berkson's picture

Nice! By the way, Peter Enneson tells me that in Dutch the "ou" in Bouma is pronounced as "ow" in "cow", not as "oo" in "boom". Does the dictionary indicate the pronunciation?

hrant's picture

Yes, it's "ow". I used to pronounce it "oo" (even though I knew
of the native pronunciation) but Peter eventually convinced me
to use "ow" instead. For one thing it makes it sound fancier. :-)

hhp

dezcom's picture

I guess you had to bow to Peter's language heritage ;-)

Theunis de Jong's picture

Peter Ennison, of this book?

(Fast-reading the colophon brings back memories. I have worked with both Françoise Berserik and with the late Teus de Jong!)

William Berkson's picture

Yes, and Typophiler, particularly on reading theory.

dezcom's picture

"Peter Ennison, of this book?"

Yes, and he is also fun on a road trip through Georgia ;-)

hrant's picture

FWIW, I like esoteric dictionaries to begin with, so I bought it! :-)
Thanks again for the ref.

hhp

Number3Pencils's picture

Heh, happy to provide it. I'm glad it's brought such joy.

hrant's picture

The vain are easily pleased!

hhp

5star's picture

My latest font attempt plays ..neh ...toys with/in the realm of Bouma.

n.

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