klj at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Wed Mar 28 14:15:12 EST 2001
On Wed, 28 Mar 2001, Anita Graham wrote:
> > >Ghiradelli has good non perils
> > Nonpariels... probably not spelled that way, but a good
> > Georgette Heyer
> > word.
A note of caution to all: this must be very carefully distinguished from
the word nonpareil, meaning "unrivalled or unique." Before I was aware of
this, I had one of the single most alarming reading experience I've ever
encountered while reading Jack Vance's _Suldrun's Garden_, the first book
in the Lyonnesse trilogy. The bad guy in that, Faudhe Carfihliot (sp? -
but I like that name sufficiently that I had to put it in somewhere!) has
this passage towards the end in which he's thinking about how great he is,
and it goes something like: "He could dance with his sword against
lightning in the sky. He was fantastic. He was the nonpareil." At which
point I slowly put the book down and spent several minutes thinking
frantically: "Why does he think that he is a small chocolate thing? And
how does this fit in _at all_ with his train of thought?" When it
occurred to me to look the word up in the dictionary two weeks later, I
spent a good deal of time laughing hysterically at myself.
PS: ObDWJ, ObDWJ, ObDWJ, err: Hmm. . . I like DWJ names, too. Tanamoril
Osfameron Clennenson. Cennoreth Manaliabrid
Clennensdaughter. Barangarolob. Semprosia Marina Timosa. . . Mallory
(my roomate's name is Marina, so I especially like that one)!
"Let me forget about today until tomorrow."
---Bob Dylan, "Mr. Tambourine Man"
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