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Any Questions?

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:58 pm

I see there are a lot of members here from outside the UK and some of Terry's references are very British. Or maybe you missed a reference because you are too young. :wink:

Let's use this thread to try and answer any questions you may have about the books.

Not saying that we'll have the answers, but we can probably work out most of them. :D
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Postby LadyL » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:23 pm

A very good idea, Im sure I will come up with something soon.

However, if some of you more or less english speaking people
have questions to Terrys often used german phrases, I try to give a helping hand or hint :D but please ensure its not Latin, thats too far away :wink:
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:29 pm

Great idea! :D

I know for example that Uberwald means something like 'over forest' and that is more or less what Transylvania means as well.
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Postby LadyL » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:14 pm

Yes exactly :)

And I was much surprised to find the counterpart to Sergeant Colon

in Sergeant Doppelpunkt (Amazing Maurice) seeing that Doppelpunkt and

Colon have the same meaning. :P
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:18 pm

LadyL wrote:Yes exactly :)

And I was much surprised to find the counterpart to Sergeant Colon

in Sergeant Doppelpunkt (Amazing Maurice) seeing that Doppelpunkt and

Colon have the same meaning. :P
I didn't know that! Thanks Lydia. :D
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Postby VesuvianRuin » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:53 am

I can't remember if PTerry has used any Spanish references but if he has or does in the future, I'll be happy to help out with those.
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Postby 50ft queenie » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:55 am

LadyL wrote:(...) seeing that Doppelpunkt and Colon have the same meaning.


Thanks for that info! ^__^

I'm sure I will come up with some questions too! I have to admit that dictionaries, encyclopedias and wikipedia have been a great help when I've come up against something I couldn't understand. I think there are references to some people I couldn't figure out, so I'll look them up and come ask!

(On my part, I could try answer questions on the plate-smashing, grape-juice-drinking, squid-eating and running-around-naked-after-a-bath, habits of Ephebe! xD)
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:12 pm

VesuvianRuin wrote:I can't remember if PTerry has used any Spanish references but if he has or does in the future, I'll be happy to help out with those.
Witches Abroad. :wink:
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Postby VesuvianRuin » Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:35 pm

Tonyblack wrote:
VesuvianRuin wrote:I can't remember if PTerry has used any Spanish references but if he has or does in the future, I'll be happy to help out with those.
Witches Abroad. :wink:


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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:54 pm

There are a lot of puns based on a sort of personal Esperanto that Nanny speaks. Sort of a mixture of French, Spanish and Italian with bits of English inserted.

The one that always makes me chuckle is when they try to book into the Hotel Nova Cancies. :lol:
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Postby VesuvianRuin » Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:04 pm

Tonyblack wrote:There are a lot of puns based on a sort of personal Esperanto that Nanny speaks. Sort of a mixture of French, Spanish and Italian with bits of English inserted.

The one that always makes me chuckle is when they try to book into the Hotel Nova Cancies. :lol:


Of course (I am a muppet at times!). Yes, Nanny's attempts at 'Uno bed roomo toot suite me old mucker etc etc' :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby SapphireForgeCat » Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:26 pm

I may be from South Africa.. But having very British ancestry i do know a thing or two about Britain.. Besides.. I was always under the impression that Pratchett drew references from all over the world, not just Britain. Heh heh i'm sounding insulted.. Lol i'm not.. Just wanted to point that out.
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Postby GREEBO » Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:40 pm

What was Terry reading whilst writing thief of time as there are some very Zen like and buddist references, or should I put what were his references from and does anybody know how he researches his material, or is he just a vat of knowledge, and he draws on this while writing and to which he applies his wit.
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:24 pm

GREEBO wrote:What was Terry reading whilst writing thief of time as there are some very Zen like and buddist references, or should I put what were his references from and does anybody know how he researches his material, or is he just a vat of knowledge, and he draws on this while writing and to which he applies his wit.
There's bits of Karate Kid and the Kung Fu TV series in there that's for sure.
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Postby TheMole » Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:43 am

well, for one, I don´t know what is "Wagga Hay - It´s the Rye Grass" from the Last Continent supposed to mean - could somebody help? :wink:
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