: [Fwd: Bullying, DWJ, and Harry Potter...], also fat and lit

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Wed Feb 26 09:40:01 EST 2003


>Interesting.  To me (a Georgette Heyer fan) "bottom" means something like
>courage (rashness?) or staying power.  Heyer's characters tend to use it 
>as (or
>as a metaphor from) a boxing term - willingness to go in and slog it out?
>Perhaps it entered boxing from the maritime use.
>I sometimes borrow a phrase from Heyer and say that people have "more bottom
>than science".  I don't generally mean it as a compliment!

Heyer did, or rather the historical context would suggest it was reasonably 
complimentary. It science in that context means technical skill, so 
basically it means the person is brave but inept, or charges in without 
considering the consequences.

Robyn 
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