Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (The)

The indexer facing the cryptic text

A folly index as inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, presented as a cautionary example of over-indexing

Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (The) (2008), 26, (2), 68–71.

Abstract

This is a ‘folly index’ to a short text by the Argentine writer J. L. Borges, compiled as a parody of the Borgesian style of irony and conjecture. It is presented here as an heuristic example of ‘How not to index a conceptual metaphor.’ A brief typology is offered to differentiate the terms ‘folly index’ and ‘faux index.’

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Abrams, William

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