Good Omens - the quotes

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Good Omens - the quotes

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:52 am

http://www.lspace.org/books/pqf/good-omens.html

Oh dear. That's made me want to read it again!! :lol:
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:01 am

There's a typo/error in Good Omens that gets used a few times. It's the use of the word 'ordinance' instead of 'ordnance' in reference to maps.

They mean different things:

or•di•nance (ôr dn- ns)
n.
1. An authoritative command or order.
2. A custom or practice established by long usage.
3. A Christian rite, especially the Eucharist.
4. A statute or regulation, especially one enacted by a city government.

ord•nance (ôrd n ns)
n.
1. Military materiel, such as weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, and equipment.
2. The branch of an armed force that procures, maintains, and issues weapons, ammunition, and combat vehicles.
3. Cannon; artillery.

In the case of the map, it should be 'ordnance' as the Ordnance Survey was orginally set up for military purposes. :wink:
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:15 am

Everything, I tells ya. This man knows everything!
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Postby pip » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:25 am

Used to work for the Ordnance Survey Ireland and couldn't spell the name right. made the mistake often enough to never make it again. :oops: :oops: :oops:
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:27 am

Bouncy Castle wrote:Everything, I tells ya. This man knows everything!
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:28 am

Whoopsie!!
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Postby BatrickPatrick » Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:59 pm

"Thud. Thud. Thud. Splat."

I don't recall that part...


Oh, and they've spelt 'Albrecht Dürer' with an extra 'e', too...Duerer...
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Postby Penfold » Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:06 pm

Tonyblack wrote:There's a typo/error in Good Omens that gets used a few times. It's the use of the word 'ordinance' instead of 'ordnance' in reference to maps.

They mean different things:

or•di•nance (ôr dn- ns)
n.
1. An authoritative command or order.
2. A custom or practice established by long usage.
3. A Christian rite, especially the Eucharist.
4. A statute or regulation, especially one enacted by a city government.

ord•nance (ôrd n ns)
n.
1. Military materiel, such as weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, and equipment.
2. The branch of an armed force that procures, maintains, and issues weapons, ammunition, and combat vehicles.
3. Cannon; artillery.

In the case of the map, it should be 'ordnance' as the Ordnance Survey was orginally set up for military purposes. :wink:

Just a bit of a throwaway thought; in view of the nature of the story, could the typo/error have been deliberate? It would seem fitting with Sir Terry's erudite sense of humour.

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Postby Bouncy Castle » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:03 pm

Something that puzzled me about Good Omens was that at the beginning he was called Crawley (appropriate for a snake), but then it changed to Crowley, or am I missing something and being as stupid as Penfold?


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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:45 pm

I think that the name Crowley is partly a reference to Aleister Crowley. :)

As to why the name changes (it's been a while since I read it), but it's to do with getting a noral sounding name so he will blend in. A bit like immigrants to the US changing their names so they sound more English - such as Samuel Goldwyn the film producer changing his name from Schmuel Gelbfisz. :D
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:49 pm

I'd change my name too, if that were the case!!!


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Postby mystmoon » Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:15 pm

it says in the Garden of Eden bit that Crawley disliked his name and wanted to change it.
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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:30 pm

BatrickPatrick wrote:"Thud. Thud. Thud. Splat."

I don't recall that part...


Oh, and they've spelt 'Albrecht Dürer' with an extra 'e', too...Duerer...


Adding an "e" to replace the umlaut is the standard when an umlaut is not available, at one time the Germans were changing their standard spellings to remove the umlaut and the beta like symbol for a double s but it doesn't seem to have caught on.
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Postby BatrickPatrick » Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:22 pm

Doughnut Jimmy wrote:
BatrickPatrick wrote:"Thud. Thud. Thud. Splat."

I don't recall that part...


Oh, and they've spelt 'Albrecht Dürer' with an extra 'e', too...Duerer...


Adding an "e" to replace the umlaut is the standard when an umlaut is not available, at one time the Germans were changing their standard spellings to remove the umlaut and the beta like symbol for a double s but it doesn't seem to have caught on.


Ah! That makes sense.
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