From AbE the rebel to the first mention of Malaysia in EB ver 2010

Ivar Aasen

Aaron ben Elijah (or AbE as I call him) was born in 1328… I cannot even fathom how long ago that was, and lived during the Ottoman Empire in Nicomedia, and defended the Karaite belief that rejects the teachings of the Talmud – a collection of doctrines and laws which is the central text of Rabbinic Judaism.

Now this next guy, Ivar Aasen who lived about 500 years after AbE, is known for officially creating one of the two Norwegian dialects, the Nynorsk! He studied lots and published grammar and dictionary, receiving a grant from the Norwegian parliament so that he never had to do any manual labour, and could focus exclusively on his linguistic pursuits.

Now the Abacá plant puts mention of Malaysia on page 6 of the 2010 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica! This very useful plant is used to make marine ‘cordage’ due to its ‘exceptional strength, flexibility, buoyancy and resistance to damage in salt water’.  The Dutch began cultivating this in North Borneo (now Sabah, part of Malaysia)  in 1930, though the plant originated from Philippines.

Abaca fiber drying in abaca farm, Costa Rica (wikipedia)

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