Muggles

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Tue May 13 16:51:05 EDT 2003


--- minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
> Charlie wrote:
> 
> >I see that the word 'muggle' has been admitted to
> the latest edition of the
> >OED, which is a great victory for, er, something, I
> guess. Oddly, however,
> >it is defined not as 'non-magic user' but as
> 'clumsy or unskilled person.
> >Why should that be? Perhaps it's used in that sense
> in playgrounds - 'Don't
> >be such a muggle!', and so on - but I haven't heard
> it.
> 
> Eh?  They can't have 'admitted' it, they already had
> it: 'muggle' is in the
> New S.O.D. of 1993.
> US slang from the early 20th century,
> [1] marijuana
> [2] a marijuana cigarette.
> 
> 
Perhaps was Rawlings meant was "someone too stoned to
perform magic"  :)

Jon


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