Do a region's most popular websites say anything about its people? If one global ranking of top 10 websites was anything to go by, Hongkongers would be among the most erudite people in the world. Australians may be on the hunt for news, property and second-hand cars and Singaporeans addicted to news, entertainment and the phonebook but Hong Kong's most popular site is a Latin dictionary and its top 10 includes Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason and a Taoist philosophy page. The US-based internet search engine searchmee posts a ranking of top 10 sites for every domain name in the world on its website www.searchmee.com . Updated daily, it ranks websites according to their number of links from other web pages. The Latin-English dictionary on the humanum website run by Chinese University's Research Centre for Humanities Computing comes ahead of the monster.com job search site in third place and the government information centre in fourth place. And even the GOD furniture and lifestyle store is bumped out of the top 10 by Chad Hansen's Chinese philosophy page on the University of Hong Kong site (fifth) and Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason on Baptist University's website (ninth). Professor Kwan Tze-wan, of CUHK's philosophy department, who runs humanum in his spare time, said he was 'quite overwhelmed'. 'It is really incredible that a website of such intellectual content could be chosen as the most favoured,' he said. 'I am quite happy that it is not some cartoons or more casual website. Maybe there are things of lasting value on our website.' Professor Kwan said the Latin-English dictionary was one of the first items put on the humanum website in 1997. Since then, the dictionary had confounded expectations by attracting a total of 10 million hits. But Professor Kwan cautioned that its top 10 position was not really an indicator of the behaviour of Hong Kong internet users. 'The Latin dictionary is quite simplistic but it has become a website used by people all over the world,' he said. 'Latin is declining but only for the general public. There are people studying biology and medicine, sociology, philosophy, theology and law who come across Latin terms in their specialist area.' Marcus Crowley, managing director of Hong Kong web design company Ion Global, said he did not think the erudite nature of the websites in the top 10 showed anything at all about the behaviour of web-users - local or international. 'I think it is not meaningful,' he said. 'The popularity of the Latin-English dictionary probably has a lot more to do with the simplicity of the site content which appeals to search engines nowadays.'