Note 032
From Chapter 26 of the Decline & Fall

See Isbrand Ives in Harris's Collection, vol. ii. p. 931; Bell's Travels, vol. i. p. 247-254; and Gmelin. in the Hist. Generale des Voyages, tom. xviii. p. 283-329. They all remark the vulgar opinion, that the holy sea grows angry and tempestuous if any one presumes to call it a lake. This grammatical nicety often excites a dispute between the absurd superstition of the mariners and the absurd obstinacy of travellers.

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