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Re: OT: Jules (fi: syllables)

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Monday, June 16, 2003, 14:27
At 09:45 16/06/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>Peter Bleackley scripsit: > > > Surely it's a reference to "Obelisk" = "large stone monument", which Obelix > > is never seen without (a menhir, in his case). > >Sure. Nevertheless, the fact that * and U+2020 are "asterisk" and "obelisk" >is probably not a coincidence. The application of "obelisk" (Greek diminutive >for "cooking spit") to upright stones is ironic, of course; the Egyptian >obelisk in New York City is by a similar irony called "Cleopatra's Needle".
There's one with that name on the Thames Embankment. In fact, I think they were originally a pair. Imagine the scene; "I'd like to complain about this kebab!" "What's the problem? Underdone? Not enough garlic?" "No, it's threaded on a twenty foot lump of rock!" Pete