If you enter my name into your Web browser, you will be directed to dozens of sites - not because of any claim to fame on my part, but because “Lionel Holland” is also the name of a (not particularly savoury) character in the Alec Guinness classic movie, Kind Hearts and Coronets. Guinness apparently had a superstition that the name was lucky. Characters in several Guinness movies are called “Holland”.
You may actually find me (somewhere round the 200th site) listed as author of a monograph on medieval Islamic coin-weights, or of a book on ancient weights found at Caesarea Maritima, or of other stuff. I have been interested (as an amateur and collector) in ancient numismatics and metrology - especially ancient weights - for a long time. My profession is - and has been for several decades - papermaking chemist. It’s a vanishing one, so despite my age, I still get an occasional invitation to travel, for a bit of consulting or teaching.
I was born in Montevideo, of English and Chilean parents. Through my mother, I am descended from a family of “conversos” - Spanish Jews who were forced to accept baptism. Israel has been my home since 1953.
I think that at 83, I’m probably the oldest poster on wordorigins.org. The site’s taught me a lot, and I love it (thank you once again, Dave, and all the rest of you, too), just as I love the English language, and feel kin to all who use it with love, respect, and care.
I hope to be with you for a while longer - life is too much fun to stop. See you around!