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Re: OT: Corpses, etc. (was: Re: Gender in conlangs (was: Re: Umlauts (was Re: Elves and Ill Bethisad)))

From:Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>
Date:Monday, November 10, 2003, 2:17
>At 04:56 8.11.2003, Isidora Zamora wrote: > >They're definately not teatotallers; a lot of the soldiers in Sovchilen >prefer their wine unmixed, whereas the normal custom, at least in >households, is to dilute the wine half and half with water. > >Wein allein macht dumm, >das beweist der student am tische. >Wasser allein macht stumm, >das bewisen im wasser die fische. >Um nicht eines von beiden zu sein >trink' ich mit wasser vermischt mein wein.
Unfortunately, I speak Danish, not German :)
>Personally I don't go beyond a pint-o-beer, >if only because alcohol don't mix well with >my medication.
Doesn't mix well with mine, either. I'm also not supposed to drink beer beer because I am sensitive to wheat, but I think I'm going to risk it anyway next time we go to a Mexican restaraunt and have a Negro Modella. I had a couple mouthfuls of my dad's last time, and it was *very* good.
>At 22:54 7.11.2003, Isidora Zamora wrote: > > If the Trehelish would readjust some of their cultural >attitudes, they would have far less theft - and end up hanging far fewer men. > >Maybe they *want* to hang thieves, but feel that >they need repeated conviction before doing it, >because that seems more 'proper'?
I think that they don't feel that they can justify hanging someone for a single conviction. A typical theft is a picpocketing job rather than an armed robbery (though the latter do occur), and they really can't justify hanging a pickpocket until he starts making a nuisance of himself by making a habit of it. The armed robbers, they would probably rather hang the first time, because that is dangerous. I think that they would rather that the pickpockets get jobs so they didn't have to hang them, but your suggestion is an interesting one. I'll be thinking about it. They don't value human life the same way that we do, but they also like to see themselves as civilized people, so there are certain things in Trehelish culture, such as human sacrifice and training medical students on condemned criminals, that aren't widely acknowledged. Isidora


John Cowan <cowan@...>Water and wine (was: Corpses)
Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>Water and wine (was: Corpses)