[lit-ideas] Re: Flew: The Obituary/What a Hoot

  • From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2010 17:03:24 -0700

On Jun 5, 2010, at 3:42 PM, Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx wrote:

--- * in Germany, when they did not have a "William the Conqueror" they still confuse, in plattsdeutsche, the flea with the fly (dialectically)

Type "Always the Germans" into your search engine and you may get, a I did, this odd pairing: http://ftalphaville.ft.com/blog/2009/12/18/116161/the-germans-always- win/ http://deadspin.com/5477645/always-tinkering-the-germans-have-decided- sledding-could-use-more-nudity

Thinking of "hoots"--see my reply to Geary for why you might be--did you know that associating owls with "tu-whit, tu-who" comes of "Love's Labours Lost"? I didn't.

I also didn't know that the following are official names for minor planets: Bonk, Wanke, Dick, Pecker, Fanny and ArthurDent. Yes, there's also a Douglasadams. (p.52, "The Book of General Igonorance")

David Ritchie,
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