March 31, 2005

Google, champing at the bit

Nathan Vaillette reports in e-mail on  3/31/05, re my posting "Chomping at the font", that...

When searching for "champing at the bit":

   - asks
       Meinten Sie: "camping at the bit"
   - suggests
       Essayez avec cette orthographe : "chomping at the bit"
   - opines
       Quizas quiso decir "champaign at the bit"
   - theorizes
       Forse cercavi: "champion at the bit"

   However, is willing to believe that's what you mean.

"Champaign"?  As in Champaign-Urbana?  I was hoping for champagne, at least from  Meanwhile, in Italy, it seems, we are the champions.

[And now (4/1/05) the report from Finland:  Pekka Karjalainen e-mails to say that (unsurprisingly, to me, anyway) neither nor offered anything at all for the odd "chomping at the font", but when he tried, he got "chomping at the front".  German Google seems willing to give most anything a try.]

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Posted by Arnold Zwicky at March 31, 2005 01:49 PM