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From: Dan Parmenter <dan@lec.com>
Subject: (urth) What's in a name?
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 14:23:21 

From: "Kevin J. Maroney" <kmaroney@crossover.com>

> (Remember that most/all of the animal species of Urth except humans were
> driven extinct at some point in the past, and the animals present in the
> Book are alien replacements which approximate the original species.
> Destriers aren't horses, they're alien horse-like beings. This is an
> inversion of the standard sf cliche where an alien world is populated by
> exotic creatures which are actually just cows and bunnies with different
> names; here the Earth is populated by alien species which are *like* cows
> and bunnies.)

By the first rule of Wolfean naming ("everything is exactly what it
says it is") is it fair then to assume that Triskele is indeed a dog?
Possibly a "modified" dog, but a dog no less?  The Wolfean Naming Rule
clearly doesn't always work, since the Salamander is no newt (though
it does resemble a certain Newt after a fashion, it flames and flames
until its flames burn its bridges and it conveniently disappears :-)

Dan P. aka
Lexicographer Shellac

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