Re: [mythsoc] plots and pocket framistans
- Maybe it's a good idea to know where all the bad folks are [in House
Slyytherin]. Hogwarts isn't the only school, so it seems; perhaps they're
the only ones who do this? Maybe the evil is more dispersed in other
schools? Presumably, you *choose* Slytherin (as HP was given the
opportunity), and this rather marks what kind of person you are.
The Dementors could be considered a tool, which can be used for good or bad
ends, though I wonder how the Dementors got started / created. Magic does
seem like a replacement for technology in the Wizards' world. Though what
Miss Umbridge did to HP is inexcusable; I'd have her arrested for child
abuse. [Was she in House Slyutherin?] I'd also have a few choice words for
Dumbledore, who allowed the situation to continue far too long.
Seems the Wizards' world is just as ambiguous as our own; that seemed clear
from the beginning. Note some of the things Dumbledore says to Harry at the
end of Vol. 5 about mages and their high-handedness. ---djb
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 17:55:21 EST
Subject: 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
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).
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,
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
seemingly, attracted anyone but bad people who cause trouble? [The
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)