Word of the Day – April 9, 2012

backwater (noun)

BAK waw ter

an isolated, secluded or backward place

Ancient university towns are wonderfully alike. Göttingen is like Cambridge in England or New Haven in America: very provincial, not on the way to anywhere — no one comes to these backwaters except for the company of professors. And the professors are sure that this is the center of the world. There is an inscription in the Ratskeller in Göttingen which reads: Extra Gottingam non est vita (Outside Göttingen there is no life). This epigram, or should I call it epitaph, is not taken as seriously by the undergraduates as by the professors.
Jacob Bronowski     December 1973

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