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Men at Arms: A Discworld Novel:15

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This is the Discworld Troll version of an old military yell to get the soldier or sailor up in the morning: "Hands off cocks, on with socks! Page 210 - "'Hi-ho -- '-- hi-ho --' 'Oook oook oook oook ook --'" The best-known song in Walt Disney's 1937 full length animation movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is sung by the seven dwarfs (also referenced on p. honchesa" Pratchett is playing with the various ways languages convert a male role into a female role using a word 'honcho' that doesn't use any of those endings.

Both the White Fang and Silver Fang series deal with dogs that have gone wild and joined a wild dog and wolf pack respectively, much like Big Fido envisages, Pratchett has also hidden a more subtle play on words in the first syllable of each word which when combined spell "Quicksilver" the colloquial name for Mercury. But in the days before standardized spelling, 'Gonne' was an older spelling for 'gun' and can be found as far back as the works of Chaucer.Evidentia means that which is evident and also the quality of being manifest not only to the eyes but to all the senses. A 'geyser' in Britain is a gas-fired water heater through which water flows as it is rapidly heated.

Roundworld's hermit crab (which can be found on islands like Bermuda) behaves similarly: it has no protective shell of its own, so it utilises the shells of dead land snails. John Donne used this concept in his famous poem in which he asked, 'And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee'. Pratchett commented: "Almost a trademark of the basic Murphy character in a tight spot is to whip out any badge or piece of paper that looks vaguely official and simply gabble official-sounding jargon, which sounds as if he's making it up as he goes along but nevertheless browbeats people into doing what he wants. People posting to Usenet newsgroups will often prefix even the most dogmatic monologues or megalomaniacal statements with the words "In my humble opinion. This expression means that it is more worthwhile to do some good, however small, in response, than to complain about the situation.Pratchett plays with the concept that Unseen University's bell would naturally be a silent one so that it would not give away the 'unseen' aspect of the university's location. they can talk but choose not to do so in case humans put them to work, possibly in the television industry. In ancient times they presided over feasts held in honor of the Roman festival of Saturnalia (see also Zagmuk). The sail is hauled back against the wind and braced so that the tide or current carries the ship forward against the wind. Page 58 - The name of Vimes' ancestor, Old Stoneface, is based on Oliver Cromwell's nickname, Old Ironsides.

Pratchett is playing with two meanings for discharge; one being the dismissal from service for inappropriate actions and the other being a bodily fluid leakage that needs medical attention.This phrase originate from US forces slang during the Vietnam war, where the tour of duty was fixed so the 'grunts' knew exactly how long, to the day, until they were due back in 'the world'. Page 111 - Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler is a regular feature in Pratchett's novels with his assorted schemes for conning people and providing them with very dodgy fast food items, most famously his meat pies and sausage ina bun. This line also resonates with Stanley Kubrick's 1987 movie Full Metal Jacket and the line from Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann, "Tonight, you men will sleep with your rifles.

For the upper classes in both Discworld and Roundworld, the world of privilege keeps them insulated from the realities of life so that their world remains a comfortable one. Pratchett is likely just referring to a generic musical stereotype but there are a number of musicals that fit the bill for this reference. Page 35 - "Steal the secret of Fire from the gods" is a reference to Prometheus stealing fire from the gods for mankind in Greek mythology.

But all they’ve got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving. Mortars with metal tubes (made of iron or bronze) first appeared in the wars (1268-1279) between the Mongols and the Song Dynasty. Besides supplying the name for a Goth music group, the New Model Army was the Parliamentarian army which turned the tide of the English Civil War, and ensured the defeat of King Charles I. But increasingly this line is reflecting the views of many ordinary and even poor people in supposedly advanced societies who think that the world was a better place in the 'good old days'. Leonardo da Vinci drew designs for the spring but of course Vetinari is thinking that he might have pushed Vimes too far.

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