Build your vocabulary with spraints

English has a word for "otter shit" - yes, really, go ahead and check the link, I'll still be here when you get back.

If you want to see a spraint, you will have to do your own image search

And the word "spraint" is still in use, at least on Wikipedia, where there's an otter poop article. This led to the most entertaining call for deletion I've ever read. "You apparently believe that keeping all the material secreted away in your little library of books on otter shit is more important than using that knowledge", fumes PacificBoy, who is not conceding without a fight.

Sadly, no one has created an article about spraints in any other language. (If you look at the bottom of the left-hand column of a Wikipedia article, you'll see links to any equivalents that exist in other languages. This is actually a very handy way of finding out the best translation of anything important enough to merit an article.) Someone I know recently created thirty Esperanto Wikipedia articles in thirty days; perhaps I should talk to him about it1.

1. Or perhaps I should not. (back to article)

Written on March 7, 2016