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

Michelle Thomas michellet at thecreativepartnership.co.uk
Wed Feb 26 11:09:32 EST 2003


>> 
>> 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.
> 
> Now I am confused.  That is exactly what I understood it to mean, but I don't
> see it as at all complimentary.  "Brave but inept" is fairly neutral, but
> "charges in without considering the consequences" (how I use it) sounds to me
> quite uncomplimentary - fools rush in, and all that.
> 
> Just in case I've misunderstood you, it isn't "bottom" that I consider
> uncomplimentary, but "more bottom than science".
> 
> Perhaps I feel this way because I'm more a Ravenclaw than a Griffindor...
> 
I can't remember which of the books it occurs in, but doesn't she usually
use it when an older character is being slightly patronising, rather than
directly insulting, to a younger man?

Michelle

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