Yesterday we mentioned that Tim Spalding had set up a Wiki Classical Dictionary (the WCD), and it occurs to me that a lot of people might not what the heck a wiki is. Well, by an amazing bit of synchronicity, the Boston Herald has a piece on that very subject (with a Classical reference, no less). Here's the incipit:

Yet another word enters the lexicon by way of the Internet, and, as usual, the Bookmark Diva is here to explain it all to you.
The word is ``wiki.''It's from the Hawaiian phrase ``wiki wiki,'' meaning ``quick'' or ``very fast.'' It also is a very fun word to say, as in ``Cabin boy, bring Diva her chocolates, wiki wiki.''
Wiki has now come to refer to a Web site that allows users to add content and/or edit and add to it.
The term evolved from the chief wiki of them all: Wikipedia (, a collaborative effort launched four years ago to show that even you - yes, you - can write an encyclopedia.
Well, not the entire set. Two Web entrepreneurs, influenced by the open software model, created Wikipedia to draw on the vast knowledge of the vast (and getting vaster) Internet-surfing public.
Someone posts a definition of say, Alexander the Great, and others chime in with corrections and additions.
Wikipedia differs from other online encyclopedias or sites such as in that its ``experts'' are self-selected, and the process is self-correcting - unless of course, everyone really wants to spread lies about poor Alexander.