|National Library of Wales [photo by Dylan Moore]|
Which will stand the test of time?
- Library (English) from librarium (Latin) - a chest for books.
- Llyfrgell (Welsh) - from Latin a cell for books.
- Bibliotheka - from Ancient Greek to Latin. Biblio- (from Byblos a port in today's Lebanon from where papyrus was imported to Greece) and -theke ( from Greek tithemi - to place or put).
We lost, in Middle English, bochus (from Old English) - a house for books.
What about a digitheke - or is that the world-wide-web as we know it? The loss of the bibliothecary seems a shame, but lives on in the twittersphere - of course (@bibliothecary)