CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
Here's one from the next edition of our dictionary of all-vowel words: Oo, a place name "never pronounced without awe and reverence," named after "a great god who dwelt under the sands of the desert"; "a wonderful place full of gold and jewels where demons dwelt," located several hundred miles down the southerly-flowing Darke River. It is also known as "the city of unnumbered lights" and is capital of the Orbello kingdom. Every portion of the city is subterranean except for its fortification and tower. (The Mysterious City of Oo by Charles Lotin Hildreth, 1889.)
Forget whether or not an artificially propagated rainbow trout will lead to an empty pot of gold. Forget whether or not "A rainbow is a rainbow. A striped perch is a striped perch" (as purported by Monkeyface News). Celebrate only that a book about rainbow trout was penned by a seagull.