LOTR slang

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Sun Feb 9 02:30:59 EST 2003


>>Getting back to LOTR the closest other reference to a
>>naughty word is in the name of Sam's cousin (?) Hal
>>which is Halfast = Half arsed.
>
>
>I've read that theory before, and it has never made any sense to me, since 
>Halfast is pronounced Hal-Fast, not Half-Ast, and it doesn't seem at all 
>Tolkien's sort of joke (I don't mean because it's rude, I mean because the 
>language sounds wrong). I thought half-assed was an American expression, 
>anyway, and half-arsed would be pronounced quite differently.

I think this is an accent issue, because the way I say them they sound 
quite similar.

Robyn 

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