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Men at Arms: A Discworld Novel:15

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Since Trolls are made of rock (silicon based) cutting up a rock would not be popular with them in the same way that being treated as an object (slavery, colonialism) is not popular with African Americans and natives.

Phrenology was the pseudoscience that tried to link personality and character to head shape which was developed by German physician Franz Joseph Gall in 1796 and was popularized in the Victorian era by Europeans wishing to justify their racism toward their subjects in their various colonies. Page 177 - When the Troll Detritus gets locked in the pork futures warehouse, he creates an elaborate "theory of everything" equation all over the walls, in an attempt to pass the time until he is rescued. Page 115 - Sendivoge the Alchemist Guild secretary takes his name from a Polish alchemist named Michael Sendivogius.Page 101 - "dwarfs would indeed eat dog, but only if they couldn't get rat" Often the prejudice against another race is expressed in their dietary habits. No, no, sorry, bad taste there" Pratchett plays on the dog wanting a bone to chew on, the bone obviously being the remains of the senior member of the d'Eath family and eating a human bone being in bad taste as well as not tasting particularly good given its origin and the fact that it has been buried for some time. Page 204 footnote - "I'm sure there was a rain forest around here a moment ago" The rain forest homes of the orangutan have been largely decimated by clearcutting to make palm oil plantations. Note how both the 'gold' etymology and the 'waxy appearance' perfectly match Chrysoprase's character as the rich, suave, uptown Mafia-troll.

But in the days before standardized spelling, 'Gonne' was an older spelling for 'gun' and can be found as far back as the works of Chaucer.

Leonard as Pratchett points out may be a good inventor but he is terrible at coming up with a marketable name. Pratchett was familiar with computer language and regularly uses Monty Python references in his works so this is not likely a coincidence. Pratchett loves to throw in these little 'educate the reader' lessons in etymology, Some are correct, others are puns and others are completely and deliberately off base.

It also resonates with the 1970 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles hit, Tears of a Clown cowritten by Robinson, Hank Cosby and a 17 year old Stevie Wonder . the upturned face of Lance-Constable Cuddy, with its helpful intelligent expression and one glass eye. Page 115 - Everyone knows trolls can't even count up to four" In fact, as the footnote explains, really trolls are simply counting in base 4, many taking the place of our base 10 'ten' and lots taking the place or our 'hundred'. Until recently transport cafes always had menus like that, except that 'Chips' was the recurrent theme.

As an aside, in previous times barbers were also surgeons so would be skilled in ear removal if they had a sideline as a torturer. Page 261 - The description of Big Fido, the poodle, fighting every dog until he is the alpha dog of the pack resonates with countless prison and gang movie plots where the new man on the block takes on the gang or inmate leader to become the new alpha male.

He missed the forge" Discworld and Roundworld both seem to have a tendency toward well meaning but misguided people rescuing creatures who do not want to be rescued. Their name resonates with Jane Austen's novel Emma and heroine of the same name who was always busy 'helping' her friends.

Meanwhile, Captain Samuel Vimes, captain of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, prepares for his imminent wedding to Sybil Ramkin, the richest woman in Ankh-Morpork.

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