March 1, 2008


amanuensis \uh-man-yoo-EN-sis\, noun:A person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts.

When it comes to literature, the French count the largest number of Nobel Prizes; their authors include one who wrote a whole book without using the letter 'e' and another who, suffering from 'locked-in syndrome' after a severe stroke, dictated a memoir by blinking his eye as an amanuensis read through the alphabet.-- Jonathan Fenby, France on the Brink

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