"Theyâ€™re laboring on a comprehensive Latin dictionary thatâ€™s been in progress since 1894. The most recently published volume contained all the words beginning with the letter P. That was back in 2010.
And theyâ€™re not as far along as that may lead you to believe. They skipped over N years ago because it has so many long words, and now theyâ€™ve had to go back to that one. Theyâ€™re also working on R at the same time. That should take care of the rest of this decade."
I can’t believe I’ve never reported on this massive lexicographical project before, but such appears to be the case. Happily, Byrd Pinkerton has done an NPR piece that gives me a chance to remedy the omission: On the second floor of an old Bavarian palace in Munich, Germany, there’s a library …