Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tricky business, this reading

Elizabeth [reading Alexander McCall Smith's "The Girl who Married a Lion"]: "What's a knob?"

I: "What's the context? What else does it say?"

E: "Soon the people were upon him, beating him with their knob".

I had a look. The word was "knobkerries", hyphenated at a line break. That, of course, made it much clearer.

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Dave McLaughlin