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Probably few of us know that a desultory reader has several books going at once, and reads now in one, now in another, jumping from book to book --Wetman 04:13, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
Well, that's true, but it's hardly significant. The word "desultory" can be applied to all sorts of things. PeteVerdon 13:42, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
Not significant to PeteVerdon; but if the user of desultory has lost the sub-text of "jumping from one thing to another" in intending meanings like "unmethodical" and "superficial", he may reveal himself as a bit of a wasilla. Desultory reading is not just uncomprehending: it requires more than one book— a bit of reading in one, then a bit of disconnected reading in another... Quite a significant connection, if you don't want to be taken for a wasilla.--Wetman 22:05, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
"Eustathius on Homer's Iliad, Lib. IV, assures us that riders might have up to six horses all abreast." It would probably be best if you cite the specific passage in the Iliad instead of "This article incorporates content from the 1728 Cyclopaedia, a publication in the public domain.", which should not really be a numerical footnote but a note on its own. -Oreo Priest 14:13, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
It's not a specific entry in the Iliad, it's an entry in Eustathius's commentary on the Iliad. That's as specific a citation as we have, and I don't have access to the commentary to make it more specific. — BRIAN0918 • 2007-05-27 15:19Z