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From: "James Wynn" 
Subject: RE: (urth) Another Avern for you
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 10:41:55 -0500

>>Blattid wrote:
>> Actually, the text makes clear that they are from _north_ of
>> the equator (or "waist of the Urth"), and that this is a false
>> belief, a folk-etymology common among the people of the
>> Commonwealth.

>Adam replied:
>Well, it's not a "folk-etymology" in the sense of being an incorrect
>etymology; it's a true etymology based upon a false belief (cf. Ash's
>remarks in TCotA, chap. 16, pp. 121-2 of Timescape ed.).

So it appears GW DID consider the Equator angle and used it as an excuse to
give the Ascians their name (which has symbolic implications although not
everyone agrees (with me ;-D) about what the implications are)



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