(Orca spoiler)

Maximilian Wilson wilson.max at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 17:56:03 PST 2006

On 1/5/06, Philip Hart <philiph at slac.stanford.edu> wrote:
> There's a bit in _Issola_ where V mutters to himself in F, so perhaps
> he's fully bilingual or that's his milk tongue.

Well, he's been to Fenarr, and it's some sort of soldier's curse.
Oddly enough, cursing seems to be one of the first things people pick
up in a new language; perhaps because the grammar of expletives is so
basic, and expletives are disproportionately likely to be curses. So
it could be a phrase learned in adulthood, even.

Max Wilson

Be pretty if you are,
Be witty if you can,
But be cheerful if it kills you.