[sf-lug] regex: how to match any one to four character word in a file

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Dec 10 14:52:13 PST 2008

Quoting Clyde Jones (slash5toaster at gmail.com):

> [1] The question was "What is the most mentioned grain in the King
> James Bible" - the answer is Corn

Eh, Yanks.  {shakes head}


I'm not even 100% sure the Court of King James had even yet _heard_ of
the Meso-American grain you have in mind.  But anyway, when Great
Britain did hear about it, they retained the Amerindian (Taino) name
"maize" for it, which is to this day the name used for it in _most_ of
the English-speaking world.

(Don't go into a Tesco market in London looking for ears of "corn".
Look for "maize", instead.)

The US/Canadian usage "corn" is a worn-down form of the former term
"Indian corn", i.e. that "corn [grain] that those Tainos in the Antilles
Islands grew".  The US and Canada subsequently lost the use of "corn"
for the broader category of "grain" -- but everyone else still uses the
word that way.

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