Not obscuranto

September 13, 2002

The hunt for outstandingly obscure journals has upset readers conversant in Esperanto. A number contacted us after the Australian publication Esperanto sub la suda kruco was nominated, informing us that the journal was neither academic nor, in their opinion, obscure. Jacob Schwartz, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explained: "I hope you can understand why speakers of Esperanto, who battle against this daily ridicule from misinformed people, would be offended to be considered 'obscure'." We would like to apologise to readers of Esperanto sub la suda kruco , and we await complaints from infuriated subscribers to the Journal of Fish Sausage with anticipation. Meanwhile, Jonathan Adams, managing director of the London-based firm Evidence Ltd, has proposed more entries, noting: "The wonderfully titled Mrs Bulletin sadly seems to be the bulletin of the Materials Research Society."

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