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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:16 am

Lady Vetinari wrote:Two things in my re-reading that I found rather odd to be there:

Vetinari wrote:Cunning: Artful, sly, deceptive, shrewd, astute, cute, on the ball and, indeed arch...
U A Page 57

Now when I read the word cute, I think of cats, spaniel dogs, bunny rabbits and guinea pigs ... I do not think of Politicians ... could that have been acute?

Nutt wrote:"I have comitted what you said to memory, Mr Trev."

Trev replies "Oh Brutha, an I'll bet you 'ave, at that..."
U A page 72

What does an Omnian prophet got to do with football? Especially one that someone like Trev has probably never heard of? Should that have been brother? 'Oh brother ...' sort of thing?

Just some observations that I thought were odd word choices that's all!


There are plenty of people who aren't even Christians who say 'oh Jesus!' as an expletive. I see nothing wrong with 'oh Brutha!' :wink:

And one of the dictionary definition of 'cute' is cunning - so that works in this context as well. :D
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Postby Lady Vetinari » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:33 am

I don't utter those sort of expletives at all ... preferring to say oh my life or oh my word ...

I still don't associate Cute with Politics and Cunning ... No matter what any Dictionary definition has put ...
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Postby poohcarrot » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:30 am

In British English, cute means little kittens playing with balls of string.

In American English cute can mean;

a. Sexually attractive
b. Clever in an annoying way because someone is trying to get an advantage for themselves. 8)
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:40 am

:lol: Of course it could be a mistake, it's not like it's all that unusual for a printing error to creep in. :P

I still think the 'Oh Brutha' is an expletive and perfectly apt for a street-wise AM bloke like Trev to use. In fact if Mr Trev said "oh my life" or "oh my word" it really would sound odd. :wink:
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Postby Lady Vetinari » Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:17 pm

poohcarrot wrote:The opening line for Jan!

Mention the Lord of the Rings just one more time and I'll more than likely kill you.


Well, for once I am going to mention it ... :lol:

Does anyone else think that the Micromail is just a parody of Mithril in Lord of the Rings?
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:26 pm

Lady Vetinari wrote:
poohcarrot wrote:The opening line for Jan!

Mention the Lord of the Rings just one more time and I'll more than likely kill you.


Well, for once I am going to mention it ... :lol:

Does anyone else think that the Micromail is just a parody of Mithril in Lord of the Rings?
That's certainly what I thought. :lol:
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Postby raisindot » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:38 pm

Lady Vetinari wrote:
poohcarrot wrote:Mention the Lord of the Rings just one more time and I'll more than likely kill you.



Tolkienism is not acceptable in any civilized society.

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Postby chris.ph » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:02 pm

thats a can of worms opened :lol: :lol:
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:04 pm

Tonyblack wrote:
Lady Vetinari wrote:
poohcarrot wrote:The opening line for Jan!

Mention the Lord of the Rings just one more time and I'll more than likely kill you.


Well, for once I am going to mention it ... :lol:

Does anyone else think that the Micromail is just a parody of Mithril in Lord of the Rings?
That's certainly what I thought. :lol:

Mithril is nothing to do with mail as such - it's an extremely rare metal, far more costly than gold (in a number of ways besides price) and has a variety of uses, some of them magical. The only reason it's associated with mail is that Bilbo gave a child-elf's mailshirt to Frodo and this was how he survived the killer spear stab in Moria (from the troll in the film, an orc in the book).

Tolkien was an author not an ism. His writings are fictional and not about civilised society, rather on how they became civilised in a parellel timeline vaguely based on north-western European myth.
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Postby chris.ph » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:06 pm

told you :lol: :lol:
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Postby raisindot » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:46 pm

chris.ph wrote:told you :lol: :lol:


Yeah, but a good 'pune' is always worth the punishment that follows.

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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:28 pm

raisindot wrote:
chris.ph wrote:told you :lol: :lol:


Yeah, but a good 'pune' is always worth the punishment that follows.

:)

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*snorts* :roll:

Masochist! :wink: :lol:
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Postby Ponder Stibbons » Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:49 pm

raindog wrote:re: Gorgon Vs Medusa's in DW.

"Right now I'd swear in a Gorgon." - Sam Vimes, from Feet of Clay.


Oh, i guess there are different versions, then. My one says zombie, i think. I thought id heard a similar quote somewhere, then i realized it was the book.

Raisindot: Never, ever, ever diss the LOTR in front of Jan :P
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