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This is the Wikipedia founder’s favourite Wikipedia page

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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)

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Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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