But that’s what happened on this day in 1954 when The Technician reported that L.E. Hinkle, head of the Department of Modern Languages, was named as a consultant for Encyclopedia Britannica’s world language dictionary.
Encyclopedia Britannica’s goal with the dictionary was to aid Americans in speaking six foreign languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish and Yiddish.
Hinkle was an authority in all six, as well as director of NC State’s translation service.
“The United States has come up against language difficulties quite acutely since it finds itself a world leader,” Hinkle said. “Up until recently, we have been deficient in our language knowledge which has hampered us a great deal.
“This is an effort to counteract this deficiency.”