Paul Andinach pandinac at
Mon Mar 11 01:12:11 EST 2002

On Thu, 7 Mar 2002, Hallie O'Donovan wrote:

> '(Utopia comes from the Greek, Alice, and means a Nowhere Place,
> not a Good Place, as most people think.)  Thomas More's _Utopia_
> and Samuel Butler's _Erewhon_ ("Nowhere" spelt backwards - well,
> more or less) were perhaps the finest...'
> Did everyone else know that?

I believe that it is in fact a pun, that More deliberately designed
the name to sound like the Greek for "good place" *and* the Greek for
"no place".

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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