Call me esoteric...call me pedantic.. but ...

  Aitchbee 22:10 03 Mar 2011
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Don't call me Ishmael... I'm Aitchbee..

Sorry folks for the torturous intro...but

What I would like to know is...

what is the correct name for the little blue ink spots that you see on the outside of very big dictionaries?

The one(s) I have got in front of me is 'The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary Thumb Index Edition (2 Books) (3,800 pages)

(ps.I looked up esoteric and pedantic..and torturous).

  I am Spartacus 22:18 03 Mar 2011

Dirty fingerprints?

  Aitchbee 22:37 03 Mar 2011

No - they resemble little ink spots that sometimes you see on wild birds' eggshells. Obviousley they were printed on the outside of the dictionary (or spray-painted) or dabbed on by hand.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:38 03 Mar 2011

1950's pop group :0)

  Aitchbee 22:51 03 Mar 2011

thanks for your in(k)put.
R u upside down at the moment?

  lotvic 22:55 03 Mar 2011

I had a look on google images, but none of them show any "little blue ink spots" on the covers.

Can you post a link so we can see what they look like?

  Aitchbee 23:04 03 Mar 2011

This was the fashion about forty five years ago.
Young boys used to collect wild birds' eggs.Blow out the yolks and keep the empty shells.I don't think this happens now as all the young folk are more interested in computer games.etc.

  Aitchbee 23:06 03 Mar 2011

no can do

  Forum Editor 23:09 03 Mar 2011

Blow out the yolks and keep the empty shells.I don't think this happens now as all the young folk are more interested in computer games.etc."

Actually it's because collecting birds eggs is illegal now.

  Aitchbee 23:11 03 Mar 2011

Sorry lotvic - I think this may be something that is best described in words.

  Aitchbee 23:16 03 Mar 2011

Yes it was illegal 45 years ago as well.

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