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Postby matrim » Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:46 am

I know it sounds a silly question, but I'll ask anyway. :D

The other day I had a discussion with some cybernauts about the phenomenal language of the librarian-"oook". Some insisted that it's the librarian's stammer (an improper pronunciation of "ok") which is very funny. But others thought it's the imitation of the sound the librarian made; otherwise it would be quite absurd according to the context. I concur with the latter view. As English isn't my mother tongue. I'd like someone to help me clarify this.

Thanks in advance!
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Postby Willem » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:05 am

I'd say you're right! Mon... I mean apes go 'Ook' like cows go 'Moo' and sheep go ' Baah'.

That's right, I've got a 2-year-old daughter :)
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Postby Penfold » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:12 am

Hellooo and welcome Matrim! :D

I believe "oook" is the sound the Librarian makes, its meaning depending on the context of the text (along with the occasional "eeek"). Like you say, "ok" just wouldn't fit into many of the conversations that he gets involved in.
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Postby matrim » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:23 am

Many thanks! :D

What really triggered the discussion were two different translated versions of "oook"-one is transliteration, the other the Chinese counterpart of "ok". I reckon the latter is a mistake as it doesn't fit in various occasions in the novels. Besides, the librarian isn't a yes-man; I'd say it's quite the opposite. But I cannot get others persuaded. :cry:
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:28 am

For Om's sake, don't call him a man!!
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:36 am

Welcome to the site matrim :wink:

Ook is actually Dutch for too or as well :wink:

So the Librarian is actually Dutch :P
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Postby matrim » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:45 am

Bouncy Castle wrote:For Om's sake, don't call him a man!!

Sorry...I should have said "yes-ape".
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Postby matrim » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:47 am

Sjoerd3000 wrote:Welcome to the site matrim :wink:

Ook is actually Dutch for too or as well :wink:

So the Librarian is actually Dutch :P

Really? That's fascinating!
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Postby pip » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:54 am

Sjoerd3000 wrote:Welcome to the site matrim :wink:

Ook is actually Dutch for too or as well :wink:

So the Librarian is actually Dutch :P


Thought he was Morporkian with a bit of Bhang Bhang Duck mixed in. :?
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:13 pm

It's not just what you ook or eek (yes he does a vocab :wink: ) - it's the way you oook it :twisted:
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Postby pip » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:15 pm

ook :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:18 pm

Ogg?
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:20 pm

Naaaaaaannnnnnnyyy
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:40 pm

Scumble anyone?
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Postby deldaisy » Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:06 pm

matrim wrote:
Sjoerd3000 wrote:Welcome to the site matrim :wink:

Ook is actually Dutch for too or as well :wink:

So the Librarian is actually Dutch :P

Really? That's fascinating!


*WHAPS EVERYONE IN THIS POST!*
as Matrim said:
since english isn't my first language


The Librarian ISNT Dutch! for crying out LOUD!
Matrim: Your command of the English language is amazing if it isn't your mother tongue. (Hell of alot better than some of this lot who claim to be English I can tell you) Don't believe a word they say! (or repeat it to your friends.... you will just look silly if you go around telling people the Librarian is Dutch! *whaps Sjoerd*
Ook is the sound orangutans make sort of.

And yes you CAN make a whole language out of one sound. :D My little girl didn't have any language until she was 7 or 8, but she was "vocal". The only sound she made was "Eeeee" and we used to have full conversations with her right up until she was able to do a tiny bit of Macaton. (like a sign language but more graphic for tiny ones... pretend you are eating a sandwich = I am hungry)
Strangley this always made reading the Librarian in DW a pushover. My oldest daughter (now 23) is silly. She still talks in Ook! with me while shopping; well not all the time. She goes to say "Oooooo isn't that nice" but then launches into "Oooooooooo.... -K!" and so it begins?

What is your first language by the way?
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