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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:29 pm

Sjoerd3000 wrote:One of my favourite footnotes:
*This at least was true. Rincewind could scream for mercy in niniteen languages, and just scream# in another forty-four.
#This is important. Inexperienced travellers might think that 'Aargh!' is universal, but in Betrobi it means 'highly enjoyable' and in Howondaland it means, variously' I would like to eat your foot', Your wife is a big hippo' and 'Hello, Thinks Mr Purple Cat.' One particular tribe has a fearsome reputation for cruelty merely because prisoners appear, to them, to be shouting 'Quick! Extra boiling oil!'

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LOL yeah, I just adore the footnotes. That is a pretty darn good one too. I remember thinking that it was unique that sometimes 1/2 of two facing pages were covered with footnotes... :lol: They really add a cool dimension.
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
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Postby Cheery » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:46 am

9/10, including footnotes of books I haven't read in the first one and 6/15 in the second one :oops:
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Postby Cheery » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:51 am

Sjoerd3000 wrote:One of my favourite footnotes:
*This at least was true. Rincewind could scream for mercy in niniteen languages, and just scream# in another forty-four.
#This is important. Inexperienced travellers might think that 'Aargh!' is universal, but in Betrobi it means 'highly enjoyable' and in Howondaland it means, variously' I would like to eat your foot', Your wife is a big hippo' and 'Hello, Thinks Mr Purple Cat.' One particular tribe has a fearsome reputation for cruelty merely because prisoners appear, to them, to be shouting 'Quick! Extra boiling oil!'

From Interesting Times :D


Nearly wet my pants when I read that one the first time :lol: It's so hilarious!
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:10 pm

I showed it to all my friends :D They all laughed out loud :lol:
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Postby Cheery » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:23 pm

It's from Colour of Magic isn't it? Or The Last Continent...? This is going to haunt me for the rest of the day :lol:
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:27 pm

No :wink: it's from Interesting Times :D
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:15 pm

Sjoerd3000 wrote:No :wink: it's from Interesting Times :D
You can tell because it says "From Interesting Times". :lol:
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Postby Trish » Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:38 pm

The footnotes are terrific.
Pratchett uses direct address to great effect, especially when he footnotes the footnotes.
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:14 pm

Trish wrote:The footnotes are terrific.
Pratchett uses direct address to great effect, especially when he footnotes the footnotes.


LOL yeah I love those, some almost take up a whole page :lol:
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
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Re: Footnotes*

Postby adnanamo » Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:21 pm

why do you think he uses footnotes ?
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Re: Footnotes*

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:54 pm

For explanation and further insight.
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Re: Footnotes*

Postby Sjoerd3000 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:19 pm

Because it's funny :P
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Re: Footnotes*

Postby Tonyblack » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:47 pm

adnanamo wrote:why do you think he uses footnotes ?

He often uses them as a method of making a joke. The very fact that the reader has to break off from the narrative to look at a footnote is very much like feeding a line in a joke and then getting the punchline from the footnote. :)
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Re: Footnotes*

Postby =Tamar » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:47 am

Tonyblack wrote:
adnanamo wrote:why do you think he uses footnotes ?

He often uses them as a method of making a joke. The very fact that the reader has to break off from the narrative to look at a footnote is very much like feeding a line in a joke and then getting the punchline from the footnote. :)

It also adds a second or so between the initial stimulus and the footnote, which gives you a moment to think about it. Timing of jokes can be very subtle.
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Re: Footnotes*

Postby mirandashell » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:36 pm

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