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

An atlas should have maps in it.
An atlas can just have descriptions of places in it. Maps are optional.


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?!)
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.