Re: [mythsoc] plots and pocket framistans
- In a message dated 11/10/2003 9:58:57 AM Central Standard Time,
> I didn't think it was the diction that Stolzi was referring to.It was, actually. I thought nowadays they compare words like "implore" and
"exert" to Approved Vocabulary Lists for the given age, and PETER appears to be
for the very young ages (in fact my mother said I begged for it, over and
over, before I could read for myself, which I did at age four or five). Don't
My friend's seven-year-old was using "proboscis" the other day, correctly.
Or does he only turn 7 in January?
In my re-reading of HP Vol I, I got to the Sorting Hat and paused, irritated
by something which I believe others have criticized before me: if the basic
nature and aims of the witch society and of Hogwarts in particular is
benevolent, WHY does Hogwarts perpetuate a House, namely Slytherin, which has never,
seemingly, attracted anyone but bad people who cause trouble? [The question of
benevolence arises again when we get to Witch prisons and Dementors...]
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- Just saw this in today's NYTimes email (free registration required; link
isn't free in about a week):
Going at the Changes in, Ya Know, English
By EMILY EAKIN
In his new book, "Doing Our Own Thing," the linguist and
cultural critic John McWhorter paints an elaborate picture
of a culture in linguistic upheaval.
Once again, mythies are ahead of the curve!
John (lurker since the GEnie days)