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Re: RICE, was Toponyms

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Sunday, September 19, 2004, 2:31
Doug Dee scripsit:

> >The SF writer Jack Vance has written stories of the future which > >take place in "The Gaean Reach" > > In Ursula K. LeGuin's _Earthsea_ books, parts of the Earthsea > Archipelago are called the "East Reach", "South Reach", etc.
I take these both to be the ordinary English noun "reach", which among other things means "the straight portion of a river between one bend and another". The general sense of "reach" is "stretch, thrust out, extend". This is a different PIE root, reig- rather than reg-; it appears also in English rigor, rigid < L. -- But that, he realized, was a foolish John Cowan thought; as no one knew better than he that the Wall had no other side. --Arthur C. Clarke, "The Wall of Darkness"