On names, changing them, and origins
pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Fri Mar 21 19:56:07 EST 2003
On 21 Mar 2003, Susanna E. Leng 98 wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Mar 2003 13:13:54 +0800 (WST) dwj at suberic.net
> > On 6 Mar 2003, Susanna E. Leng 98 wrote:
> > > In the spirit of names, pronunciation, and that, could
> > > anyone perhaps throw some light on my last name?
> > > (Leng)
> > There's a Plateau of Leng in, IIRC, Antarctica, but I
> > very much doubt it's named after any of your relatives.
> > That wasn't very helpful, was it? :)
> Perhaps not helpful, but certainly interesting.
> I've always wanted to go to Antarctica, now I have a specific
> destination in mind. (Probably will turn out to be well beyond
> where I might actually be able to go.)
Before anyone else gets any more bright ideas, I should point out that
I was kidding: the Plateau of Leng doesn't actually exist except in a
novel by H. P. Lovecraft. Sorry.
And you probably wouldn't be able to go there, anyway: he deliberately
set it in a remote and inhospitable part of Antarctica which at the
time was completely unknown and even now has only been visited once,
by a dedicated scientific expedition. I recommend you to stay home and
read the memoirs instead. :)
The record of the fictional expedition is
_At the Mountains of Madness_ by H. P. Lovecraft.
The record of the real expedition is
_Mountains of Madness: a scientist's odyssey in Antarctica_
by John Long.
(The expedition took one novel to while away the long Antarctic
nights. Guess what it was.)
"Hold fast to the one noble thing."
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