I’m a geek, but love books first and foremost (# 2)

Introduction

This is the second in a series of posts [1][2][3] that explain just how much I love reading, especially books. I’m a technologist, a digital media consumer, a gamer — but first and foremost, a reader. I often feel the need to justify this love, being involved in an industry that’s undergoing great changes – and being, to some, a representative of the great Disruption.

Ogre No-Grr: Practical Childhood Lexicography

Cover of Ogre, Ogre, the fifth book in the Xanth series by Piers Anthony

The first series of books [of which I exhausted our library’s supply] was the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. In this narrative universe, Ogres are so stupid that they can only speak in simple rhyme.

In Ogre, Ogre [Xanth Series #5], we encounter Smash the Ogre whose human ancestry tempers him slightly.

I had no idea how to pronounce “Ogre”. To me, it was the “-ogger” in “hogger”. At some stage in the story, Smash expresses his peaceful intentions towards a stranger by saying: “Ogre, no grr”. This discovery was delightful because it was a fundamental lesson in language for me, conveyed through rhyme.

This was the same kind of lesson I learned when I recalled the sound a donkey makes from an Asterix and Obelix book.

Also, to a 9 year-old still learning English, Piers used a lot of ‘big words’ in his books. I recall having the Afrikaans-English translating dictionary close to me all the time while reading his books.

Thinking about this makes me want to find out when, exactly, I borrowed the books from our library. Wouldn’t it be fascinating if my old public library still had that on record?

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2 thoughts on “I’m a geek, but love books first and foremost (# 2)

  1. Pingback: I’m a geek, but love books first and foremost (# 1) | The Internet Will Eat Everything

  2. Pingback: I’m a geek, but love books first and foremost (# 3) – Storieman and kids book apps | The Internet Will Eat Everything

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