Definitions and Sethra

Mark A Mandel mam at theworld.com
Tue Mar 11 16:28:25 PST 2003

On Tue, 11 Mar 2003, M J wrote:

#I cannot for the life of me fit "Sethra Lavode" and "nymph" in the
#same sentence without cracking the hell up.  Aren't nymphs supposed
#to be a lot more... um... pastel-ish than The Dark Lady of Dzur

Victorian. Like "fairies in the bottom of my garden". -- Hmm, OED
citations show this implication, at least, back as far as Spenser,

I suppose the ancient Greeks might have thought of some of those spirits
as alluring, but I don't think the association is, as it were, built
into the classic definition. Drop the word "nymph" and think of "oread"
as meaning 'spirit of a mountain'.

-- Dr. Whom, Consulting Linguist, Grammarian, Orthoepist, and
   Philological Busybody
   a.k.a. Mark A. Mandel