NABOKV-L post 0006863, Tue, 1 Oct 2002 10:48:43 -0700

Fw: Enchanting, Log Dammit
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From: "Keith McMullen" <>
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Subject: Enchanting, Log Dammit

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> "Finally, and above all, a great writer is always a great enchanter, and
> is here that we come to the really exciting part when we try to grasp the
> individual magic of his genius and to study the style, the imagery, the
> pattern of his novels or poems."
> --from 'Good Writers and Good Readers' in _Lectures on Literature_ by
> VN
> "And every now and then the passenger's roving eyes paused for a moment as
> he listened inwardly to a nether itch, which he supposed to be (correctly,
> thank Log) only a minor irritation of the epithelium."
> --_Ada_, p. 33.
> 'Logos' from OED:
> [Gr. 'logos' word, speech, discourse, reason, f. 'log-,' ablaut-variant
> 'leg-' in 'leg-ein-' to say.]
> A term used by Greek (esp. Hellenistic and Neo-Platonist) philosophers
> in certain metaphysical and theological applications developed from one or
> both of its ordinary senses 'reason' and 'word'; also adopted in three
> passages of the Johannine writings of the N.T. (where the English versions
> render it by 'Word') as a designation of Jesus Christ; hence employed by
> Christian theologians, esp. those who were versed in Greek philosophy, as
> title of the Second Person of the Trinity. By mod. writers the Gr. word is
> used untranslated in historical expositions of ancient philosophical
> speculation, and in discussions of the doctrine of the Trinity in its
> philosophical aspects.
> 'leg-'
> "'To collect,' with derivatives meaning 'to speak.' (1) Perhaps Germanic
> *lekjaz,* enchanter, one who speaks magic words, [...]"
> --_The American Heritage Dictionary_, 'Indo-European Roots'