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Atlases

Lovely as this cheese "atlas" is other respects, it has no maps in it.

An atlas should have maps in it.
71(97.3%)
An atlas can just have descriptions of places in it. Maps are optional.
2(2.7%)

Comments

retsuko
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Hhmm, I am the only person voting contrary to the majority. Wow. Well, my rationale for voting this way goes like this: classically, yes, an atlas is only maps. However, as with this cheese atlas you describe, I take atlas to mean any book that concerns specific places in reference to specific things; maps may or may not be included (but most likely will be.) I see the word gazetteer mentioned above, but since I don't think it's in popular usage anymore, I think atlas has started to usurp its meaning.

Also, yay cheese. (Why can't I get Wensleydale without cranberries?! What is it with SoCal supermarkets?!)
owlfish
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Interesting! The book is an American one, so if there are minor regional or country-based variations here, you're more likely to be coming from the direction the book's authors are than previous commenters are.