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Poem: "Bending Forks"
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From: siliconshaman Date: October 24th, 2014 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sigh*

Could do with a little of that myself somedays... Don't think I've mentioned to you before but I really like this universe of yours.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 24th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>> Could do with a little of that myself somedays... <<

Yeah, me too. I've gotten a taste of it a few times. It's like if coffee made you feel as good as it smells.

>> Don't think I've mentioned to you before but I really like this universe of yours. <<

Yay! That's what I'm aiming for, eutopia. Not too perfect to exist, but full of people you'd love to go out to lunch with ... and even awesome places like Tastee Shack and Frisky Critters to do it at.
thnidu From: thnidu Date: October 25th, 2014 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

• eutopia
> 8-D

Edited at 2014-10-25 04:00 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 25th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

It's part of a set:

Utopia (too good to be true)
Eutopia (good enough to exist, but not perfect)
Pseudotopia (pretends to be utopic but has dystopic features)
Dystopia (really awful)

From my notes for a panel I'd really like to run one day: "Those Who Set Fire to Omelas."
thnidu From: thnidu Date: October 25th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Nice. The first and fourth, of course, being well established terms; and the specific meanings, except for "dystopia", are not strictly deducible from the etymologies.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 25th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Utopia literally means "no place," and began with a story. That one, you have to know that it's supposed to be a place that's too good to really exist.

"Eu-" means "good," so "eutopia" is "good place."

"Pseudo-" means "false," and oh hey the entry says "in appearance only," that's even better. "False place," which pretends to be better than it is, seems reasonably straightforward to figure out.

"Dys-" means "bad," so "bad place."

And "-topia" comes from "topos" for "place."
thnidu From: thnidu Date: October 25th, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Oh yes, I know all that. St. John's College, 1965-1967. In English pronunciation, "eu-" and "u-" are indistinguishable, which has led to much misunderstanding. ... Oh! And what's more, More knew it and played with it.WP
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 26th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

I noticed the wordplay, yes.
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