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What do they provide to us netizens, eager to partake of the vast and varied wonders of digitized knowledge?
Ebooks aplenty! Galore! Out the wazoo, even!
Wow, what a site. Modeled after Project Gutenberg, using mostly public domain works, but with a much more user-friendly design, one can use Blackmask to check up on the classics, including Joyce's Ulysses, Stoker's Dracula, and Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Let's not forget the greatest short story of all time: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce. Good stuff, indeed, and so much more to search through... so precious little time.
And my favorite find (after mere minutes of searchin'!): ...
[prepare to snore and/or make cricket sounds...]
The Roman Pronunciation of Latin (!)
A positively riveting excerpt:
M is pronounced as in English, except before q, where it has a nasal sound, and when final.
[Mar. Vict. Keil. v. VI. p. 32.] M impressis invicem labiis mugitum quendam intra oris specum attractis naribus dabit.
But this 'mooing' sound, in which so many of their words ended, was not altogether pleasing to the Roman ear. Quintilian exclaims against it:
[Quint, XII. x. 31.] Quid quod pleraque nos illa quasi mugiente littera cludimus m, qua nullum Graece verbum cadit.
The offensive sound was therefore gotten rid of, as far as possible, by obscuring the M at the end of a word. Priscian. speaks of three sounds of M,- at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of a word:
[Prisc. Keil. v. II. p. 29.] M obscurum in extremitate dictionum sonat, ut templum, apertum in principio, ut magnus; mediocre in mediis, ut umbra.
A simply enchanting bit of prose, if I do say so myself. Can't wait to finish the rest of it.
Anyhow, that's my little intro the site; no need to thank me... just do yourself a favor and find something interesting to read. It's free for you, and cheap for them!