Archive for August 18, 2009
Just read an article at Time.com entitled “A Brief History of Wikipedia.” It discusses, among other things, how accurate the online encyclopedia can be.
The irony is that the article itself contains a major error. It says: “The Dutch-language version is the next largest, with more 900,000 entries, but there’s something for readers of every language.”
Dutch the next largest? That tiny people group? Someone at Time should have known this couldn’t be right.
As it turns out, German is the next largest with more than 900,000 entries. And “German” is “Deutsch” in German, whereas Dutch is “Nederlands” in Dutch. Confusing, I know. Even a professional at Time might get it wrong – that is, if he only briefly glances at the homepage at Wikipedia.org where it lists “Deutsch” and “Nederlands” with their respective entry numbers.