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Surely you jest: Three British wishes

Posted by John McIntyre at 9:13 AM | | Comments (8)


Sassenach, for the benefit of non-Scots in the viewership, is a Gaelic word for an English person. It derives from Saxon and is not intended as a compliment.

I was just reading _Ulysses_ last night and came across the word Sassenach. Don't think I'd ever seen it before in my life and now twice in one day? What a coincidence.

Or was it?

Laura Lee - Finish quickly and change your vote.

Bucky, I'm reading as fast as I can (shh, don't tell anyone). Good thing that poll always says 2 days left to vote.

Down to one day now, I think. Read quickly, Laura Lee!


I'm sorry but I don't think it's going to happen, not before the end of the year anyway. My bedside table is getting piled higher and higher, what with all the James Joyce, Laura Lippman, P.G. Wodehouse, Icelandic Sagas, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, not to mention Stephenie Meyers.

Sorry to let the team down, especially since my single, offhand remark about the superiority of one particular blog over a certain other blog apparently set this whole thing in motion. BTW, how is that other blog collecting its data for comparison?

That Other Blog appears to have more interesting thngs to do than be involved in a hoaky p*ssing contest.

Laura Lee, you most certainly did not "let the team down." I thank you for trying. And I understand about the books piled on your bedside table. I have piles of books all over the house, just waiting to be read!

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