I don’t get this. Are turtles famous for chewing or something?
I’m assuming so, because I can’t imagine it’s an accidental pun. I would say tortoises look like they’re good at chewing, so turtles too maybe?
I don’t think it’s a pun at all
hmmm. on one hand it’s a pretty weird pun to coin, on the other hand so many of his names are puns/plays on words. Dunno what to think
I’m not convinced it’s a pun, either. I think it’s just a generic fantasy name, like most of the others in The Colour Of Magic. If I remember right, the puns on names came later, don’t even think Vetinari is named until Sourcery?
FWIW I’ve always pronounced it with a hard T (A-TOO-in), anyway.
Sean Bean’s real name is Shaun Bean, so he chose to use a visually confusing name that looks like it should rhyme but doesn’t
I always thought of it as great achooing - as if it were a particularly sneezy turtle.
Googling didn’t give me much, though someone points out Great A’Tuin is an anagram of A True Giant.
Dora The Explorer. Spanish for girl scout is exploraDORA.
John Stuart Mill and Bertrand Russell were not only contemporaries, Mill was Russell’s godfather! Blows my mind, I pictured them as living them in totally different eras.
(Admittedly they were only contemporaries for a year)
This has made my day
I’d say the first 3/4 of the 19th C, and the last 1/4 of the 19th C and first 3/4 of the 20th C are pretty bloody different eras, though.
Yeah they are, I guess it’s just a symptom of how we think of historical periods as distinct and discrete eras when of course they’re not, people can live across many eras. I remember a few years ago listening to an elderly woman on Radio 4 who was reminiscing about meeting Thomas Hardy and performing as a child in a play he had written - he was born in 1840!
Somewhere in this thread there’s mention of that guy who’s the grandson of one of the early Presidents. In fact I feel like it’s come up twice!
Benjamin Harrison, yeah it does the rounds on Twitter every six months or so
Do you mean Harrison Ruffin Tyler?
John Tyler was his grandfather (10th president of the United States and was born in 1790).
No I just got the wrong guy
wait how is vetinari a pun?
It’s a pun on Medici.
i don’t get it