Grateful Dead in Fenario

Mon Feb 10 07:36:39 PST 2003

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Silberstein [mailto:davids at kithrup.com]
> Sent: Monday, February 10, 2003 02:40
> To: Draegara List
> Cc: H. T.; skzb at dreamcafe.com
> Subject: Re: Grateful Dead in Fenario
> On Sat, 8 Feb 2003, H. T. wrote:
> >
> >>From: Steven Brust wrote:
> >>>Mord,fal:Grim,stuff/gobble/cushion/engorge (this I have absolutely no 
> >>>idea)
> >>
> >>Cumberland, if I recall correctly.  A stretch, I know.
> >
> >No, not bad... Grim = blues; when one is stuffed or engorged one is 
> >cumbered....
> Yet, examining the dictionary closer, I see that "fal" also means
> "wall", and "Mord-fal" is indeed among the "Grim-wall" mountains, so I
> don't think (although I am not sure) the "engorged" meaning was meant.
> I also note that there is a Grimtail Fissure, which is perhaps meant
> to stand for the Cumberland Gap, and yet I still don't quite see the
> connection between "Cumberland" and "Grim(tail/wall)" (although I note
> that the Hungarian for "tail" is "far", one letter away from "fal",
> and "r" is phonemically similar to "l")
> The county of Cumberland was named for the Duke of Cumberland, who
> defeated the forces of the Scots Jacobite forces of Charles Stuart at
> Culloden (16 April 1746).  Digging deeper into "Cumberland" itself, it
> would appear to derive from "[...] the land of the Cumber" in the
> toungue of the English and described the lands inhabited by the
> British. The British gave themselves the name Combrogi (cives in
> Latin) which meant 'Fellow Countrymen'. More modern forms of the name
> are Cymry in welsh or Cumber in english. [...] CumberLand was used to
> describe the land of Northern Reghed from the sixth century to almost
> the present day." [1]
> No links to "Grim(tail/wall)" there.
> Going back to the song, I note that "Cumberland Blues" is about
> mining. [2] Could the "Grim Wall" be the face of the mine itself,
> that the workers hewed and hacked at?
> I am baffled.  Botheration.
> [1] http://www.zensurweb.com/darkage/cumbria.htm
> [2] For some reason, I thought of Master Li, who in the carefree days
>     of his youth sold Emperor Wen some shares in a mustard mine. [3]
>     Which is neither here nor there, but I thought it was amusing.
> [3] "I was trying to win a bet concerning the intelligence of
>     emperors."

Careful analysis by the Powers That Be, have also determined that
"Puff The Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul and Mary is a song about 
drugs. Retributive analysis by said group has determined that the
Star Spangled Banner is also about drugs.

A man can dig a post hole in 10 minutes.  This means that 10 men can
dig a post hole in 1 minute.  Better yet! 600 men can dig a single
post hole in on second!  Adding more men will have it done before
it is started!

"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar"  ---Sigmund Freud

Beware over analysis.