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Poem: "Bending Forks"
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thnidu From: thnidu Date: October 25th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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I noticed the wordplay, yes.
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