So lately I've been using Archive.org to read old books, currently I'm reading The Celtic Druids by Higgins, Godfrey, 1773 - 1833. I've noticed that in a lot of these older books, the prefaces are hilarious. This one in particular the author starts off explaining the nuances of language and translation then suddenly jumps into a rant about the Hebrews fucking up language by being too lazy to put vowels back into their shorthand. It then turns into an almost existential crisis as he explains why he pulled so much information from others works and apologizing if his work seems rushed because he started going blind half way through and still wasn't accustomed to his spectacles and then goes on to hop other future generations will find his book good enough to use as a reference like he used others.
Anyway, I'm not going anywhere with this I just found this preface particularly entertaining and wanted to share.
Does anyone know what the 'ovens of Omar' are?
If the works of older authors are not to be used by their successors for the ends of truth, they are of little use; they might as well be sent to the ovens of Omar.
Is how it's used. I haven't had much luck searching it online.