NABOKV-L post 0007004, Sat, 2 Nov 2002 12:59:54 -0800

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Fw: Re: Boyd's "distorted "glebe/globe"
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From: "Keith McMullen" <keithsz@concentric.net>
To: "Vladimir Nabokov Forum" <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>
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> 18.25-26: "a distortive glass of our distorted glebe": a
> distorting mirror of our distorted planet. Glebe means "soil, sod. . . .
> an earthlike mineral; an earth" (W2), but itself looks like a distorted
> form of globe.
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> And the etymology of aardvark takes us back to earth:
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> from OED:
> [Adopted from the Dutch Colonists in South Africa, who have so named it
from
> Du. aarde, in comp. aard- earth + vark = OE. fearh, OHG. farh, L. porc-us
> pig.]
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> ...an earth-pig who is an insect-ivore
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> And another relevant zapater/shoemaker:
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> In late 1949 E. F. Schumacher was asked to become an economic advisor to
the
> National Coal Board of Britain. He accepted and remained in his post as
> Chief Economic Advisor for the next twenty years. To accommodate his
growing
> family he bought a house with a large garden in Surrey. This proved to be
> another turning point for him; he became fascinated with his garden,
joined
> the Soil Association, and became an enthusiastic exponent of organic
> gardening.
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