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pandop 4th May 2005 20:35

Yes, this book really does exist
 
http://lib.leeds.ac.uk/search/avance...amp;11%2C%2C12

Hazel

HP 4th May 2005 21:07

Ooh! Naughty Mr Vance. He should be spankhed.

John Self 4th May 2005 21:10

Have you read this one, gil?

amner 4th May 2005 23:33

It's a classic, so I'm told. No, really, I know people who've read this. There are some great covers:

http://www.jackvance.nl/may-06.jpg

http://www.jackvance.com/vance/cover.../jpg/wankh.jpg

http://rocbo.chez.tiscali.fr/Max/sf/img/vance/wankh.jpg

http://arcanesfantasy.free.fr/wankh.jpg

http://www.jackvance.nl/ace-01.jpg

http://www.jackvance.nl/daw-02.jpg

Wavid 5th May 2005 9:29

Dare we ask how you came across it amongst the stacks, Hazel?

gil 5th May 2005 10:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by John Self
Have you read this one, gil?

Yes. I think I've even got it. It's a bit of a shame, really, as Jack Vance has some really great names in his books. This is just one of these little blips. Thank heavens the publishers didn't decide to expurgate it for us.

Americans, is the offending word in common use in the USA? I have a feeling it's a British English term, and I don't remember it cropping up much, if at all, in American literature.

Wavid 5th May 2005 10:39

Quote:

Originally Posted by gil
Americans, is the offending word in common use in the USA? I have a feeling it's a British English term, and I don't remember it cropping up much, if at all, in American literature.

Yes, there are a few, aren't there? I don't recall the word 'twat' being used regularly in american films.

John Self 5th May 2005 10:43

I think wanker has kind of crossed over to America in the sense that they know what it means but is not in wide use, and presumably wouldn't have been at all when Vance's book was written. I remember in This is Spinal Tap it was a favourite insult of lead singer David St Hubbins - the band of course being Brits played by Americans.

amner 5th May 2005 10:58

Phil Collins used it in his 'special guest star' slot during an episode of Miami Vice. In a world of useless information, that's one of my best tidbits.

Colyngbourne 5th May 2005 11:28

It's also used a fair amount by US internet users for talking about pathetic arguments and flamewars, as in the phrase 'fandom wank'.


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