A mistake

Discussion in 'Danse Macabre' started by Genug, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. Genug

    Genug Member

    . . . Well maybe I should have made this clear beforehand: I didn't come with the intention of gaining anything here, I just thought I'd help with a lingering error in one book by an author I enjoy reading.
    I was not begging for personal attention or any benefit from this. Should anyone decide not to take my observation into account just because of the way I express(ed) myself, there's not much I can do about it; if they won't they just won't, the error will remain and none of this will deter me from reading on Stephen King's books (I have tons of his still waiting) anyway. :)

    The thing is, I still don't get what I did wrong, whom I might have hurt or how or anything, so there's no way I can amend this; as a consequence I won't impose my gauche wording on the forum any longer, since I don't seem to get the rules according to which it is operated.
    Last I want to thank again for the friendly welcomes. I think it was a pleasant--if short-lived-- experience.
     
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  2. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...it was THAT long ago???....I'm so old.....
     
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  3. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...and to think, the French have been stereotyped as rude...go figure....
     
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  4. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    First, I want to make it clear that I wasn't speaking for Ms. Mod, that was my impression of the way you'd come across. What she chooses to pass on is nothing to do with me, that's her choice--I was merely stating that if it was my choice, based on what I'd read in your subsequent messages (not in your first few posts) I probably wouldn't have taken the extra time, that's all.

    But I'll say again, perhaps something was lost in translation (the Internet can be a difficult medium) and if this is so, then I apologise for my previous comment.
     
  5. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    What I was trying to point out was that technically Stephen had the etymology correct. I do understand your point that taken out of context it would appear that he is saying that the French still use that as the word for left and you are trying to clarify that it is no longer used. I will pass along your comments but then it's up to him whether he wants to change it and even if he does, it would not happen until a subsequent printing--if there is one. The publishers will not spend the money to release a new printing just to fix a mistake such as this.
     
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  6. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I have been to Nice (in 1995 on a long range trainer with the military) so I am aware of the size of your country.

    We actually took a car trip from Germany in the 80s (my then husband was in the Canadian military and so was I). We drove down through France and I think the guards at the border were interested to see that, although I was Canadian, my maiden name at that time was "Bertrand". I took a six month French course (in Canada at St. Jean in Quebec) and I realize that your Parisian French is quite different from what they have over here.

    I still say welcome anyway. You may not be an absolute King fan or "Kingaholic" (just kidding) but you are still welcome to come here and discuss things.

    Check out all the different threads. It is not all joking etc. Some people enjoy discussing politics, religion, whatever... Have a great day over there!

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    Did you get a good laugh out of my "stereotypical" picture?! =D

    p.s. If you ever get a chance to travel, come to Canada and check out Quebec - it is a lovely province to visit! :cheerful:
     
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  7. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Whoa! - the only rules are to be respectful to each other, that's all! If you enjoy discussing King's books (and not just the errors found therein) then come on back and enjoy the board. I find it a much better place than something like "Facebook" xD:laugh::m_adore: (the majority of us here are adults, even if we sometimes acts like kids) :tounge::reading:
     
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  8. ghost19

    ghost19 ..."I aim with my eye."...

    Memory is the first thing to go.....now where's my keyboard?
     
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  9. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I don't think Mod was trying to start something.
     
  10. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I wonder if this is related to that expression about the left hand (or was it the right?) not knowing what the right hand is doing? Isn't there a...an idea that left-handed folk are nefarious? Was Leland Gaunt left-handed? The Left Hand of Darkness... dunno, read that one, but years ago.

    I think most get that your initial post, Genug, was an attempt to be helpful. Thank you for the information. Please understand that in the past not everyone who logged on to provide information about an error had good intentions. It's obvious that you care about words and the meaning of words. I like that...I think most people here like. It's unfortunate that a misunderstanding developed. I know I've learned a lot from people from around the world who log in here and post. We need more of that. We're all neighbors and we should communicate more. Check out the threads about the stories and see if there's anything you could add. Like maybe you found some things interesting about the number of characters in King's story whose roots can be traced back to France. Here in the U.P. there are a number of people whose grandparents came from France...and it was only recently...perhaps here on the board...that I learned that the winter wool watch caps we wear...that we call a "chook"...is actually French in origin. Too, Chippewa, the French word for the Ojibway people, is a mispronunciation of their name.

    We can't all get it right all the time. We make mistakes. Please forgive us any misunderstanding.
     
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  11. SeleneM1

    SeleneM1 Active Member

    So what I get from this whole conversation is that you'd be satisfied with the addition of "Old" in front of "French" in Mr. King's sentence...I'm sure the publishers will get right on that! :)
     
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