- [p. 7] "[...] He stares fixedly at the Destination."
This line is interesting not only because it foreshadows The Light Fantastic (as in fact the entire prologue does), but also because it is about the only time the narrator really commits himself to A'Tuin's gender without hedging his bets (as e.g. on the first page of The Light Fantastic: "His name -- or Her name, according to another school of thought -- [...]"). Note the capital 'H', which Death also rates in this book and loses in the later ones.
- [p. 8] "For example, what was A'Tuin's actual sex?"
I have had email from a herpetologist who has studied under one of the world's experts on turtles, and he assures me that in real life determining the sex of turtles is no easy task. Unlike mammals, reptiles don't have their naughty bits hanging out where they can be easily seen, and the only way to really tell a turtle's gender is by comparison: male turtles are often smaller than females and have thicker tails. Since there are no other Chelys Galactica to compare A'Tuin to, the attempts of the Discworld's Astrozoologists are probably futile to begin with.
- [p. 8] "[...] the theory that A'Tuin had come from nowhere and would continue at a uniform crawl, or steady gait, [...]"
Puns on the 'steady state' theory of explaining the size, origin and future of the universe. The best-known other theory is, of course, the Big Bang theory, referred to in the preceding sentence.
- [p. 9] "Fire roared through the bifurcated city of Ankh-Morpork."
Terry has said that the name 'Ankh-Morpork' was inspired neither by the ankh (the Egyptian cross with the closed loop on top), nor by the Australian or New Zealand species of bird (frogmouths and small owls, respectively) that go by the name of 'Morepork'.
Since I first wrote down the above annotation, there have been new developments, however. In The Streets of Ankh-Morpork and The Discworld Companion we are shown an illustration of the Ankh-Morpork coat of arms, which does feature a Morepork/owl holding an ankh. But from Terry's remarks (see next annotation) I feel it is safe to say that neither bird nor cross were explicitly on his mind when he first came up with the name Ankh-Morpork.
Finally, many readers have mentioned the resonance that Ankh-Morpork has with our world's Budapest: also a large city made up of two smaller cities (Buda and Pest) separated by a river.
- [p. 9] "[...] two figures were watching with considerable interest."
The two barbarians, Bravd and Weasel, are parodies of Fritz Leiber's fantasy heroes Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. The stories in which they star (collected in the Swords series of books, starting with Swords and Deviltry) are absolute classics, and have probably had about as much influence on the genre as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian.
The Swords stories date back as far as 1939, but almost seventy years later they have lost none of their appeal. Both The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic are, in large part, affectionate parodies of the Leiberian universe, although I hasten to add that, in sharp contrast to many later writers in the field, Leiber himself already had a great sense of humour. Fafhrd and the Mouser are not to be taken altogether serious in his original version, either.
Given all this, I can perhaps be forgiven for thinking that Terry
intended Ankh-Morpork to be a direct parody of the great city of Lankhmar
in which many of the Swords adventures take place. However, Terry
explicitly denied this when I suggested it on
"Bravd and the Weasel were indeed takeoffs of Leiber characters -- there was a lot of that sort of thing in The Colour of Magic. But I didn't -- at least consciously, I suppose I must say -- create Ankh-Morpork as a takeoff of Lankhmar."
- [p. 11] "[...] two lesser directions, which are Turnwise and Widdershins."
'Widdershins' is in fact an existing word meaning 'counter-sunwise', i.e. counter-clockwise in the Northern hemisphere, clockwise down South. A synonym for 'turnwise' is 'deosil', which helps explain Ankh-Morpork's Deosil Gate as found on the The Streets of Ankh-Morpork Mapp.
Widdershins is also the name of the planet where Dom, the hero from The Dark Side of the Sun lives.
- [p. 12] "'Why, it's Rincewind the wizard, isn't it?' [...]"
The story behind Rincewind's name goes back to 1924, when J. B. Morton took over authorship of the column 'By The Way' in the Daily Express, a London newspaper.
He inherited the pseudonym 'Beachcomber' from his predecessors on the job (the column had existed since 1917), but he was to make that name forever his own by virtue of his astonishing output and success: Morton wrote the column six times a week for over 50 years, until 1965, when the column became a weekly feature, and continued to the last column in November 1975.
Beachcomber/Morton used an eccentric cast of regular characters in his sketches, which frequently caricatured self-important and highbrow public figures. One continual theme was the silliness of the law courts, featuring amongst others Mr Justice Cocklecarrot and the twelve Red-Bearded Dwarves. In one sketch, the names of those dwarfs were given as Sophus Barkayo-Tong, Amaninter Axling, Farjole Merrybody, Guttergorm Guttergormpton, Badly Oronparser, Cleveland Zackhouse, Molonay Tubilderborst, Edeledel Edel, Scorpion de Rooftrouser, Listenis Youghaupt, Frums Gillygottle, and, wait for it: Churm Rincewind. Terry says:
"I read of lot of Beachcomber in second-hand collections when I was around 13. Dave Langford pointed out the origin of Rincewind a few years ago, and I went back through all the books and found the name and thought, oh, blast, that's where it came from. And then I thought, what the hell, anyway."
- [p. 12] "Since the Hub is never closely warmed by the weak sun the lands there are locked in permafrost. The Rim, on the other hand, is a region of sunny islands and balmy days."
A presumably knowledgeable correspondent tells me that actually, if you do the calculations, it turns out that it would be the other way around (on average, the sun is closer to the hub than the rim, so the hub would be warmer).
Do not feel obliged to take his word for it, though. 'Discworld
Mechanics' is one of
alt.fan.pratchett's favourite Perennial Discussion
Topics, and I don't think that any two given participants in such a
thread have ever managed to agree on anything definite about the way in
which the Discworld might 'work'. See also the The Turtle Moves!
section in Chapter 5 for more information about the physical aspects of
- [p. 16] "[...] found himself looking up into a face with four eyes in it."
On the covers of the first two Discworld books, Josh Kirby actually drew
Twoflower with four physical eyes. Consensus on
alt.fan.pratchett has it
that Terry was trying to get across the fact that Twoflower was wearing
glasses ('four-eyes' being a common insult thrown at bespectacled folks),
but that Josh Kirby simply triggered on the literal text and went off in
a direction of his own. Whether this action essentially shows Kirby's
interpretative genius (the KirbyFan explanation) or his inability to get
the joke / read very carefully (the NonKirbyFan explanation) is a matter
still under discussion.
- [p. 18] The inn called 'The Broken Drum' is burned down in this book. The later Discworld novels all feature an inn called 'The Mended Drum'. The novel Strata contains (on p. 35) an explanation of why you would call a pub 'The Broken Drum' in the first place: "You can't beat it".
This is probably as good a place as any to mention some intriguing information that I received from one of my correspondents: if you have ever wondered what it would be like to experience the atmosphere of an establishment like the Mended Drum, then the closest you can possibly come in our world is by paying a visit to Alexandria, Egypt, where there exists a bar called the 'Spitfire', populated mostly by soldiers and sailors, and apparently a dead ringer for the Mended Drum. The story goes that when the owner of the bar passed away a few years ago, his body was kept in a freezer next to the toilets where, for all we know, it may still be today. If any of you ever happen to be in Alexandria, be sure to visit the 'Spitfire' and check it out for us.
- [p. 22] "Some might have taken him for a mere apprentice enchanter [...]"
One of the few clues to Rincewind's age being younger rather than older, despite the tendency of every cover artist (and the folks from Sky One who made the 2008 TV movie The Colour of Magic) to depict him as at least sixtyish. No one ever draws him as looking like a weasel, either.
- [p. 22] "[...] an alumnus of Unseen University, [...]"
The name of the Discworld's premier scientific institution resonates with that of the 17th century Invisible College, formed by the secret organisation of the Rosicrucians, whose members were called the Invisibles because they never dared to reveal themselves in public. The Invisible College was a conclave of scientists, philosophers and other progressive thinkers which, in later times and under Stuart patronage, became the Royal Society.
In the Brief Lives arc of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comic, Dream visits the Invisible College, where a scientist is happily dissecting a dead orangutan. I do not think that scene was entirely coincidental...
- [p. 24] Terry has this to say about the name 'Twoflower': "[...] there's no joke in Twoflower. I just wanted a coherent way of making up 'foreign' names and I think I pinched the Mayan construction (Nine Turning Mirrors, Three Rabbits, etc.)."
- [p. 26] "'If you mean: is this coin the same as, say, a fifty-dollar piece, then the answer is no.'"
An American reader was puzzled by the fact that in Ankh-Morpork the unit of currency is the dollar, instead of, for instance, something more British, such as the pound. Terry explained:
"The dollar is quite an elderly unit of currency, from the German 'thaler', I believe, and the use of the term for the unit of currency isn't restricted to the US. I just needed a nice easy monetary unit and didn't want to opt for the 'gold pieces' cliché. Sure, I live in the UK, but I haven't a clue what the appropriate unit of currency is for a city in a world on the back of a turtle :-)..."
- [p. 28] "'Barely two thousand rhinu.'"
A very old British slang word for ready money is 'rhino', which Brewer thinks may be related to the phrase 'to pay through the nose', since 'rhinos' means 'nose' in Greek.
+ [p. 30] "The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork smiled, but with his mouth only."
An interesting consideration is just when Lord Vetinari became Patrician. Clearly this isn't him (Vetinari eating crystallised jellyfish? -- I don't think so. Besides, Interesting Times makes it quite clear that Vetinari does not know who Rincewind is).
However, Terry has always denied this interpretation:
"I'm pretty certain that the same Patrician was in all the books. [...] He's clearly lost weight and got more austere. It must be the pressure. As for racehorses and so on -- Vetinari is not the first Patrician, and no doubt the earlier ones, like Lord Snapcase, were often crazed, greedy and acquisitive. So he has inherited all sorts of things. But he doesn't change anything without a reason."
When the people on
alt.fan.pratchett were not immediately prepared to
take his word for this (after all, what does he know -- he's only the
author...), Terry conceded:
"How about: maybe he was Vetinari, but written by a more stupid writer?"
Which was grudgingly accepted. Still, discussion about the differences
between the "early" and the "recent" Patrician continues to flare up
regularly. When some people on
alt.fan.pratchett questioned whether
Vetinari would really be the type of man to throw the kind of party
described in Mort, Terry answered:
"I've always thought the Patrician is a party animal. Can you imagine waking up next day and remembering all those witty things you said and did, and then realising that he was listening?"
- [p. 44] "'Reflected-sound-of-underground-spirits?'"
Surprising as it may seem (or at least as it was to me), there are quite a few people who do not understand this cryptification of 'economics', even though it is explicitly explained by Terry a bit later, on p. 71: 'echo-gnomics'. Some of the confusion perhaps arises from the fact that we don't usually associate gnomes with spirits, as in: ghosts. But I think Terry here simply means spirits (as in: souls) living underground, with the emphasis on the word 'underground'.
- [p. 49] "Let him but get to Chimera or Gonim or Ecalpon and half a dozen armies couldn't bring him back."
The Chimera was a fire-breathing monster from Greek mythology (see the annotation for p. 171 of Sourcery ). The name is also a pun on Cimmeria, Conan the Barbarian's mythical homeland, while 'Chimerical' has the general connotation of something mythical or imaginary as well.
Ecalpon is 'Noplace' spelled backwards. This is similar to Erewhon, which is 'Nowhere' spelled backwards (well, almost), the idealistic commonwealth described in Samuel Butler's eponymous novel. Also, 'Nehwon' is the universe where Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser have most of their adventures.
Go-Nim, finally, is the name of a Japanese board game similar to four-in-a-row.
- [p. 62] "[...] I WAS EXPECTING TO MEET THEE IN PSEPHOPOLOLIS."
Death and Rincewind are replaying their own version of the well-known folktale Appointment in Samarra. Terry says:
"My mother told me the 'Appointment in Samarra' story when I was very young, and it remained. She says she read it somewhere, or maybe heard it...
I'd always thought it was from the 1001 Nights, although I never went looking for it. It's one of those stories that a lot of people vaguely know, without quite knowing why..."
For those who aren't familiar with the story, it concerns a servant to a rich Baghdad merchant who goes to the market and encounters Death there, who gestures at him. Convinced that this is a very bad omen indeed, the servant rushes back to his master in a great panic and begs him for a horse, so that he can ride to Samarra and escape whatever calamity will befall him should he stay in Baghdad. The kind master gives the servant a horse, and goes out to investigate for himself. When the merchant finds Death and asks him why he frightened the servant so, Death replies: "I wasn't trying to scare him, it is just that I was so very surprised to meet him here, because I have an appointment with him tonight in Samarra!"
Over the centuries, countless versions and re-tellings of this story have
appeared in books, plays and poems in all languages and cultures. One of
my correspondents was so intrigued by the tale that with the help of
alt.fan.pratchett he set out to find the original, or at least the
earliest known version. After much research, he now believes this to be
When Death Came to Baghdad, an old ninth century Middle Eastern Sufi
teaching story, told by Fudail ibn Ayad in his Hikayat-i-Naqshia
('Tales formed according to a design').
If anyone has a reference to an even earlier version, we would love to hear about it.
- [p. 73] "'Here's another fine mess you've got me into,' he moaned and slumped backwards."
This is a well-known Laurel and Hardy catchphrase. Hardy (the fat one) always says it to Laurel (the thin one), who then usually responded by ruffling the top of his hair with one hand and whimpering in characteristic fashion.
People have been quick to point out that Hardy never actually said: "fine mess", though, but always: "nice mess".
- [p. 75] This is the first occurrence of the name 'Dunmanifestin' for the home of the Gods at the top of Cori Celesti. It is used again in several places throughout the other Discworld novels.
This is not only a reference to the many British placenames that begin with 'Dun' (a Gaelic word meaning castle or fort and hence town) but also a reference to the supposedly traditional name for a twee retirement bungalow in the suburbs. When people (especially the bourgeois middle classes) retire to the suburbs they always, according to the stereotype, give the house some 'cute' punning name. Since the Dun/Done association is well-known, one of the more common names (though it is a matter of discussion if anyone has ever actually seen a house with this name) is 'Dunroamin' -- that is "done roaming" -- i.e. the owners of the house have finished "travelling the world" and are now settled down to a life of the Daily Mail, golf and coffee mornings. From this, we get that a retirement home for gods not possessing much taste, might just be named 'Dunmanifestin'.
A correspondent tells me that 'Dun' is also an Old English word for hill.
- [p. 76] "[...] Zephyrus the god of slight breezes."
Zephyrus was in fact the Greek god of the soft west winds. The interactions of the gods in 'The Sending of Eight' strongly bring to mind the Godshome scenes in Leiber's Swords series.
- [p. 78] The Sending of Eight
Just as the first chapter of The Colour of Magic has many resonances with Fritz Leiber's Swords series, so can this chapter be regarded as a light parody of the works of horror author H. P. Lovecraft, who wrote many stories in a universe where unspeakable Evil lives, and where Ancient Gods (with unpronounceable names) play games with the lives of mortals. Lovecraft also wrote a story called The Colour out of Space, about an indescribable, unnatural colour.
- [p. 92] "[...] the circle began to spin widdershins."
This entire section is a direct analogy to the workings of a normal electrical generator, with the Elemental Magical Force being the electromotive force we all know and love from high school physics lessons.
- [p. 98] "The floor was a continuous mosaic of eight-sided tiles, [...]"
It is physically impossible for convex octagons (the ones we usually think of when we hear the word 'octagon') to tile a plane. Unless, of course, space itself would somehow be strangely distorted (one of the hallmarks of Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos). It is possible, however, to tile a plane with non-convex octagons (and Terry nowhere says or implies he meant convex tiles). Proof is left as an exercise to the reader (I hate ASCII pictures).
- [p. 101] "[...] the disposal of grimoires [...]"
I do not think too many people will have missed that this section echoes the two main methods of nuclear waste disposal: sealing drums in deep salt mines, and dropping the drums into trenches at subduction zones. Of these two methods, the trench dumping has only been theorised about and not actually employed.
- [p. 114] "'I spent a couple of hundred years on the bottom of a lake once.'"
Reference to the sword Excalibur from the King Arthur legend. There's another reference to that legend on p. 128: "'This could have been an anvil'".
Some people were also reminded of the black sword Stormbringer, from Michael Moorcock's Elric saga.
- [p. 114] "'What I'd really like to be is a ploughshare. I don't know what that is, but it sounds like an existence with some point to it.'"
Swords and ploughshares have always been connected through a proverb originating in a famous phrase from the Bible, in Isaiah 2:4: "[...] and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more".
- [p. 117] "I'LL GET YOU YET, CULLY, said Death [...]"
Death is addressing Rincewind here, so the use of what looks like a different name is confusing. Terry explains: "Cully still just about hangs on in parts of the UK as a mildly negative term meaning variously 'yer bastard', 'man', 'you there' and so on. It's quite old, but then, Death is a history kind of guy."
The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (a 19th century reference book; see also the Words From The Master section in chapter 5) explains 'cully' as being a contracted form of 'cullion', "a despicable creature" (from the Italian: coglione). An Italian correspondent subsequently informed me that "coglione" is actually a popular term for testicle, which is often used to signify a stupid and gullible person. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, 'cully' may also have been a gypsy word.
- [p. 118] The entire Lure of the Wyrm section parodies the Pern novels (an sf/fantasy series) by Anne McCaffrey. The heroine of the first Pern novel Dragonflight is called Lessa, and the exclamation mark in Terry's dragonriders' names parallels the similar use of apostrophes in McCaffrey's names.
- [p. 124] "The dragons sense Liessa's presence."
This section in italics (continued later with Ninereeds) is another Pern reference (see the annotation for p. 118), in this case to the way McCaffrey depicts the mental communications from the dragons.
- [p. 125] "Oh, you know how it is with wizards. Half an hour afterwards you could do with another one, the dragon grumbles."
The 'half an hour afterwards' quip is more conventionally made about Chinese food.
- [p. 130] "[...] it appeared to be singing to itself."
Although singing swords are common as dirt in myths and folklore, we do know that Terry is familiar with many old computer games, so the description of Kring may be a passing reference to the prototypical computer adventure game ADVENT (later versions of which were also known as Adventure or Colossal Cave). In this game, a room exists where a sword is stuck in an anvil. The next line of the room's description goes: "The sword is singing to itself".
- [p. 141] "[...] he had been captivated by the pictures of the fiery beasts in The Octarine Fairy Book."
A reference to our world's Blue, Brown, Crimson, Green, etc., Fairy Books, edited by Andrew Lang.
- [p. 156] "'It is forbidden to fight on the Killing Ground,' he said, and paused while he considered the sense of this."
This echoes a famous line from Stanley Kubrick's 1964 movie Dr Strangelove, which has President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers) saying: "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room."
+ [p. 168] "At that moment Lianna's dragon flashed by, and Hrun landed heavily across its neck. Lianna leaned over and kissed him."
A strange error, since in the rest of the story the girl's name is Liessa. Terry says the typo (which occurs in both the original Colin Smythe hardcover and the 1st edition of the Corgi paperback, but can also be found as late as the 5th edition of the US Signet paperback) must have been introduced sometime during the publishing process: they are not in his original manuscript.
Even so, the switch is kind of appropriate because Anne McCaffrey has a tendency herself to suddenly change a character's name or other attributes (T'ron becoming T'ton, etc.). At least one of my correspondents thought Terry was changing Liessa's name on purpose as an explicit parody.
Annotation update: I can confirm that as of the 1998 Corgi reprint this mistake has been fixed, with 'Lianna' being replaced by 'Liessa'.
- [p. 169] After Rincewind and Twoflower escape from the Wyrmberg they are flying a dragon one moment and a modern jetliner the next.
Clearly they have been, get this, translated to another plane (the last few paragraphs of this section seem to support the theory that Terry actually intended this rather implicit pun). Note also the "powerful travelling rune TWA" appearing on the Luggage: Trans World Airlines.
- [p. 171] 'Zweiblumen' is the (almost) literal German translation of 'Twoflower' (it actually translates back to 'Twoflowers', so the perfect translation would have been the singular form: 'Zweiblume').
'Rjinswand', however, is merely something that was intended to sound
foreign -- it is not a word in any language known to the readers of
- [p. 172] "[...] a specialist in the breakaway oxidation phenomena of certain nuclear reactors."
"Breakaway oxidation phenomena" is a reasonably well-known example of doubletalk. Basically, what Terry's saying here is that Dr Rjinswand is an expert on uncontrolled fires in nuclear reactors. And we all know what Terry's job was before he became a Famous Author...
- [p. 176] "'I am Goldeneyes Silverhand Dactylos,' said the craftsman."
'Dactylos' means 'fingers' in dog-Greek. See also the annotation for p. 159/115 of Small Gods .
The fate of Dactylos has been suffered by craftsmen in our world as well. In 1555 Ivan the Terrible ordered the construction of St Basil's Church in Moscow. He was so pleased with this piece of work by the two architects, Postnik and Barma, that he had them blinded so they would never be able to design anything more beautiful.
- [p. 179] "[...] the incredibly dry desert known as the Great Nef."
'Neff' is the name of an oven manufacturer, and 'nef' is of course 'fen' (i.e. something incredibly wet) spelled backwards.
- [p. 184] "The captain had long ago decided that he would, on the whole, prefer to achieve immortality by not dying."
Probably the best known version of this line is from Woody Allen, who said: "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying".
- [p. 184] "'His name is Tethis. He says he's a sea troll.'"
In Greek mythology Tethys or Thetis was the personification of the feminine fecundity of the sea. She was the daughter of Uranus and Gaia, and the youngest female Titan (or Titanide). Eventually she married her brother Oceanus, and together they had more than 3000 children, namely all the rivers of the world.
Undoubtedly because of these origins, 'Tethys' is a name that has been given to, amongst others, a tropical sea that existed during the Triassic era in what is now Southern Europe, and to a moon of Saturn, one primarily composed of water ice.
Note that this is one instance where it appears Terry violates his own unwritten rule that trolls should have 'mineral' names. Perhaps this is simply because we are looking at this early book in the series with hindsight: the only rock troll to appear up to this point lasted about three paragraphs and didn't have a chance to introduce himself. But even if the unwritten rule was already established in Terry's mind at this point, it seems reasonable that it need not apply to Tethis, who is, after all, neither a rock troll nor originally a Discworld creature.
- [p. 189] "'Ghlen Livid,' he said."
Glenlivet is a well-known Single Malt Scotch whisky. It's a wee bit more expensive than Johnny Walker.
- [p. 193] "He told them of the world of Bathys, [...]"
'Bathys' is Greek for 'deep', as in for example bathyscaphe deep-sea diving equipment.
- [p. 194] "[...] the biggest dragon you could ever imagine, covered in snow and glaciers and holding its tail in its mouth."
Tethis is describing a planet designed according to a world-view that is about as ancient and as widespread as the idea of a Discworld itself.
The snow and glaciers seem to point specifically to the Norse mythology however, where the Midgard serpent Jormungand circles the world in the manner described.
- [p. 198] "'Well, the disc itself would have been created by Fresnel's Wonderful Concentrator,' said Rincewind, authoritatively."
It is stereotypical that in fantasy fiction (e.g. Jack Vance's Dying Earth stories) and role-playing games (e.g. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) spells are often named after their 'creator', e.g. 'Bigby's Crushing Hand'. And indeed, in our universe Augustin Fresnel was the 19th century inventor of the Fresnel lens, often used in lighthouses to concentrate the light beam. A Fresnel lens consists of concentric ring segments; its main advantage is that it is not as thick as a (large) normal lens would be. The disc Rincewind is referring to is a transparent lens twenty feet across.
- [p. 221] "Whoever would be wearing those suits, Rincewind decided, was expecting to boldly go where no man [...] had boldly gone before [...]"
From the famous opening voice-over to the Star Trek television series:
"Space... the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations -- to boldly go where no man has gone before."
This became "where no-one has gone before" only in the newer, more politically correct Star Trek incarnations.
- [p. 222] "'? Tyø yur åtl hø sooten gåtrunen?'"
People have been wondering if this was perhaps a real sentence in some Scandinavian language (the letters used are from the Danish/Norwegian alphabet), but it is not.
Terry remarks: "The point is that Krullian isn't Swedish -- it's just a language that looks foreign. In the same way, I hope the hell that when Witches Abroad is translated the translators use some common sense when dealing with Nanny Ogg's fractured Esperanto."
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