Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

This is the Wikipedia founder's favourite Wikipedia page

wikipedia.jpg

Everyone's got a favourite Wikipedia page, right?

That entry you stumbled across at 2am after lord knows how many link clicks that somehow saw a search for "Age of Bill Gates" culminate reading about colossal squid. You read every line of it, share it with your mates, and spout off about it on any lull in pub conversation. 

But what of the favourite Wikipedia entry of Wikipedia's founder, Jimmy Wales? That's got to be an absolute zinger of a page, surely?

The US web entrepreneur revealed his favourite page at the annual T3 awards, where he was collecting a gong for 'Tech Legend'. In handing over the metallic slab, BBC tech correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones asked Wales to reveal his top Wikipedia page:

"It's the entry on 'Inherently funny words'", explained Wales.

The concise page is something of a Ronseal article, exploring the concept of an inherently funny word, "a word which can be found amusing without any given context, for reasons ranging from onomatopoeia to phonosemantics".

According to Wales, the page had been at threat of being deleted after various public editors began adding their own inherently funny words to the page. It was then agreed that actually, by adding their own examples, editors were actually adding value to the page, furthering the discussion of the topic. 

As for his own example of an inherently funny word? 

"Badger."

Here are some others listed by the Wikipedia page:

  • Wool
  • Kidney
  • 27
  • Duck
  • 42
  • Words ending in a 'K'

Feel free to add your own in the comments below. Or to the page itself.

(Images: Rex, Wikipedia)

Related

edsnowden.jpg

Edward Snowden has named the one app you definitely shouldn't be using

Apple Bag.png

Apple is working on its own paper bag

iOS10-Lockjpeg.jpg

The best accessories for the iPhone 7

Comments

More

The new Nokia 3310 has completely fucked up Snake

Why? Just why?

by Dave Fawbert
27 Feb 2017

Everything we know about the new Nokia 3310

The brick is back

by Matt Tate
24 Feb 2017

The not-at-all creepy future of Tinder, according to its boss

Dating meets Pokemon Go

by Matt Tate
24 Feb 2017

Instagram's latest update lets you group up to 10 photos in a post

This actually looks like a great new feature

by Matt Tate
22 Feb 2017

This might be the greatest Rocket League goal ever scored

They think it's all Rover

by Gary Ogden
20 Feb 2017

Crash Bandicoot: the greatest game I ever played

As its PS4 return is announced, one writer salutes one of the best platformers of them all

by Ryan Young
17 Feb 2017

TFL has been tracking you on the tube and the data is fascinating

Catnip for the tube heads

by Dave Fawbert
15 Feb 2017

20 Things You'll Only Understand If You Owned A Nokia 3310

14 Feb 2017

The Nokia 3310 is getting a relaunch (yes, really)

The return of the King

by Gary Ogden
14 Feb 2017

The new iPhone looks like it's going to have wireless charging

A huge move from Apple

by Dave Fawbert
13 Feb 2017