January 9th, 2007


Wait -- What?

One of the oddities of slowly revealing an ongoing story (e.g., a webcomic) is that while you know what's going on in the background, the audience doesn't unless you give really broad clues. So every once in a while, members of the audience will make some guess that's just spectacularly wrong and then, having accepted their guess as fact, will keep wondering why you don't put in more things that support their guess.

"We all know that Voldemort is really Harry's father, why doesn't she do more with that storyline?"

This puts me in the awkward position of not knowing whether it would be better to come out and tell the reader that they've completely got the wrong end of the stick, or to just let them go on wondering why the story doesn't do what they want it to.

Unlike the deliberate vagueness of the Drezzer/Conrad flirtations, this particular item is not an obvious conclusion to come to ... in fact the only oblique mention of it was put in deliberately to highlight its implausibility. So I'm amused by somewhat boggled by the particular readers' fixation on it.

-The Gneech
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Party Guy

Happy Birthday, welah!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

To shuffle cards.
--John Farmer and W. E. Henley's Slang and Its Analogues, 1890-1904

Dicey Employment
Isaac D'Israeli's Curiosities of Literature (1823) described the multitude of jobs associated with local gaming houses, as found in a January 9, 1731 edition of London's Daily Journal. In addition to the top brass, an attorney, and a captain "who is to fight any gentleman who is peevish for losing his money," these casinos employed clerks, waiters, ushers, "orderly-men, who dealt the cards at a cheating game called Faro, two crowpees, who watch the cards and gather money for the bank, two puffs, who have money given to them to decoy others to play, a squib, who is a puff of lower rank who serves at half-pay while he is learning to deal, a dunner, who goes about to recover money lost at play, a runner, who is to get intelligence of the justices' meetings, link-boys, and chairmen who bring intelligence of ... the constables being out, at half-a-guinea reward, common-bail, affidavit-men, ruffians, bravoes, [and] assassins."

-The Gneech
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