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The BBB Dictionary

dictionary

from the notes of Op A…

1.
Op M buys a english-french/french-english dictionary from Charing Cross Road, London on Wednesday 10th December 2008.
The dictionary’s pages cannot be wider than the width of Op M’s printing machine in the BBB-Hotel. It will have to have sewn pages to allow Op A to take it to pieces (and put it together again).
It should be as comprehensive as possible. How many words is that ?

2.
Op M sends it to Op A at the BBB Apartment. By post.

3.
Op A then takes the dictionary to pieces, removing each “booklet”, a number of pages that are sewn together in the dictionary; for example if there are 1,600 pages in the dictionary and each booklet has 16 pages, there will be 100 booklets. This example is important as it will be referred to later in the notes.

4.
Op A sends two 16 page booklets, each four double-sided sheets of the dictionary; one to Op O, one to Op M. Op O will receive the first booklet from the english-french part of the dictionary, Op M will receive the first booklet from the french-english part of the dictionary.
Op A will also send with the booklets to Op O and Op M each four double-sided sheets of blank paper, identical in size to the double sided sheets of the dictionary. Op A will send the booklets and the double-sided sheets of blank paper at the same time in the same envelope by post.
Op A is responsible for the choice of paper.

5.
On receiving the booklet and paper Op O will take a pen in his hand and beginning with the first word on the first page of the first english-french booklet, record on the first page of the blank paper all words Op O recognises as being identical to the word in french. Op M will do the same beginning with the first word on the first page of the first french-english booklet, recording on the first page of the blank paper all words Op M recognises as being identical to the word in english. They will record after each word on the blank paper the number of the page on the dictionary, thereby creating an index.
for example:
Op O will write on the blank paper, Alligator Page 1
Op M will write on the blank paper, Alligator Page 800
(presuming the dictionary is english/french – french/english consisting of 1600 pages and that the dictionary is exactly divided into two halves and “Alligator” occurs identically on page 1 and 800)
The criteria for “identical” are thus:
Words that have identical spelling and not words that have identical meanings or non-identical meanings. For example, the english word “sensible” is spelt identically as the french word “sensible” so this word will be recorded. The BBB-Dictionary’s criteria is not to record words that have the same meaning in french and english. The BBB-Dictionary’s criteria is to record words that are the same in french and english.

6.
All identical words identified and written onto the blank pages completed, Op O and Op M will then print over the pages of the booklet. The woodcut should be cut to meet the measurements of the border of the words printed in the dictionary but not the page number. If through error or intention the page number of the dictionary is obscured then ah thats how it is ah. When dry, a minimum of two days, the booklet and recorded pages will be sent back to Op A. By post.

7.
On receiving the booklets and pages from Op O and Op M, Op A will then send the second booklet and second four double-sided sheets of blank pages to Op O and Op M. Naturally, due to the inconsistency of time and the postal service and workrate of Op O and Op M, Op A will send the second booklet and second four double-sided sheets of blank pages to Op O and Op M at different times. Also, Op A’s workrate is to be considered.

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8.
Op A’s next step will be to take the completed black-printed pages of the dictionary from the envelope and resew them back to their original format, a 16 page booklet. Op A will take the four double-sided sheets of paper with the recorded words on them and sew them into a booklet which will become part of the BBB-Dictionary’s index.
Op A’s other indispensible part in the process of the creation of the BBB-Dictionary will be to create the BBB-Dictionary Website.
Op A shall, on receiving the recorded blank pages type them onto a specially created website listing the words that appear on the blank pages posted to her by Op O and Op M. For example Op A receives Op O’s first, there will appear on the website;
Alligator 1 (page number)
Anathema 1
Attack 1
If the viewer is to click on the word, on the screen will appear the image of the black-printed page of the dictionary that it is taken from (with page number 1 if it is not by error or intention obscured).
For example if Op A receives Op M’s first, there will appear on the website;
Alligator 800 (page number)
Anathema 800
Attack 800
If the viewer is to click on the word, on the screen will appear the image of the black-printed page of the dictionary that it is taken from (with page number 800 if it is not by error or intention obscured)
A computer programme will automatically sort words arriving onto the website posted by Op A alphabetically.For example Op A receives Op O’s first, there will appear on the website:
Alligator 1 (page number)
Anathema 1
Attack 1
and when Op A receives Op M’s it will appear thus:
Alligator 1
Alligator 800
Anathema 1
Anathema 800
Attack 1
Attack 800
Again this consistency all depends on the inconsistency of time and the postal service and workrate of Op O, Op M and Op A, not to mention the beforementioned error or intention. But the BBB-Dictionary is not concerned with consistency or inconsistency or error or intention. Also this chosen example only consists of six words, or to be accurate, three words. In this chosen example the dictionary consists of 1600 pages.
Op A is responsible for the content and design of the website but should comprise of a list of the words and links to each relevant black-printed relevant page.
An example of a website consisting of a list of words, with links, although not exactly reflecting the BBB-Dictionary website is this :
http://www.stefanbruggemann.com/textpieces.htm

9.
Op A will send, over the years, a total of 100 booklets and blank pages to Op O and Op M, who will then send them back to Op A, to be collected into a list on the website. When complete, Op A will then reassemble the dictionary, with all its pages reinstated and a hand printed index at the back which will send the reader of the BBB-Dictionary to the correct page where each word occurs. Naturally through error or intention, pages, words, numbers will be lost.

10.
All contact between Op O, Op M and Op A concerning the BBB-Dictionary will be made by post. In english-french/french-english.

Questions and queries in an envelope to;

Op M
The BBB-Hotel
rue marché au charbon 91
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium

Op O
The BBB-Center
Les Anglades
30120 Rogues
France

Op A
The BBB-Apartment
rue e. bouilliot 19
1050 Bruxelles
Belgium

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