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One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

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One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby MoogieCha » 04 Feb 2009, 07:51

Would anyone care to share one surprising or quirky thing (discovery?) brought about by your interest in Lewis or his works?

Thanks to Lewis, I learned what the word "erudite" meant. I was sitting next to a woman on the plane who noticed I was reading one of Lewis' books (I don't even remember which one) and we got to talking about him. She was a professor at a woman's college. She told me she enjoyed reading Lewis' works, even his books on Christianity (she wasn't a believer, herself), saying she found him very "erudite." I looked the word up after I got home and remember to this day what it means and how I learned it. I must have been the last person that age to learn its meaning!
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Re: One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby hammurabi2000 » 07 Feb 2009, 15:08

I used to write a regular report to the Board of a major organisation. I hada game by which I would see if I could get an obscure word into the report. I always got at least one my director insisted I changed because it might test the knowledge of the Board [university professors, senior business executives.....et al] too far.

I used to find it highly amusing; I'm not sure if he did. :toothy-grin:
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Re: One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby MoogieCha » 08 Feb 2009, 05:41

Thanks for posting, hammurabi2000. :smile:

What you did is actually quite funny. I would have looked forward to your newsletter, if I'd been on that Board!
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Re: One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby CKinna » 08 Feb 2009, 10:41

Often while reading Lewis I learn a new word or phrase. Just the other day I ran across Irish Bull in Mere Christianity. A new phrase for me, even though I have read MC numerous times - I suppose I skipped over the phrase in the past. Small things like that happen often, the bull being the latest of many examples. I believe I too first learned the word erudite in a Lewis conversation or reading something about him.
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Re: One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby MoogieCha » 15 Feb 2009, 08:18

CKinna wrote:I believe I too first learned the word erudite in a Lewis conversation or reading something about him.


Ah, just as I suspected, there's Lewis' face in the dictionary... next to the word. :wink:
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Re: One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby moogdroog » 16 Feb 2009, 14:46

MoogieCha wrote:
CKinna wrote:I believe I too first learned the word erudite in a Lewis conversation or reading something about him.


Ah, just as I suspected, there's Lewis' face in the dictionary... next to the word. :wink:


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Re: One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby Michael » 16 Feb 2009, 22:31

I learned what Turkish Delight is. I had never heard of it before reading the book. :smile:
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Re: One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby CKinna » 16 Feb 2009, 22:39

Without Lewis I never would have tried Turkish Delight - for this I am not too grateful.
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Re: One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby teomiriam » 27 Feb 2009, 13:52

I loved Turkish Delight as a kid :grin: , now I find it a bit too sweet, I would rather have chocolate than that :rolleyes:
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Re: from Turkish Delight to canned tongue

Postby MoogieCha » 28 Feb 2009, 05:03

OK this is off (the original) topic, but I tried Turkish Delight as a result of reading another book. For some reason, I remember it being Harriet the Spy, but I can't seem to find any references online to back this up. Anyone remember if there was Turkish Delight in the book?

[Now way off topic] - I remember always wanting to know what it felt like to sleep on heather, from reading all the Enid Blyton books, particularly the Famous Five series. And I also yearned to try canned tongue and ginger beer after reading those books (I think I've mentioned this in a post years ago).
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Re: One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby teomiriam » 28 Feb 2009, 11:01

I've been trying to remember a quirky thing that came from reading C.S. Lewis and after some time I remembered that it's in his Surprised by Joy that I first encountered the word agnostic, and funny thing is I've been coming across it very often since then :thinking: I'm sure there are lots of other words and things I've learned from his books, but nothing else comes to my mind now
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Re: my quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby boink1 » 03 May 2009, 02:02

Well, in the Chronicles of Narnia, I always felt that Lewis did a lot of talking about food, discussions of hot chocolate and sausages burnt just right. Later I heard somone mention (here?) that the CoN were written during the WWII when rationing was going on, so Lewis (and other around him) would have had plenty of time to think of food.

That would a explain a few things anyway, but I always thought such matters were good fun and unphilosophical.

Would be fun to share a beer and a good discussion with him someday....
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Re: my quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby MoogieCha » 08 May 2009, 21:09

boink1 wrote: Would be fun to share a beer and a good discussion with him someday....


My friend and I often say we look forward to having tea with Lewis in heaven. :wink:
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Re: One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby nomad » 09 May 2009, 03:18

I always want to take pictures of lamp posts. Especially ones that look like the one in Banes' illustration.
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Re: One quirky thing to come from reading Lewis

Postby gameld » 16 May 2009, 17:44

i can honestly say that csl is the reason i've decided to become a classics major before pursuing a masters in english ed. his love and use of mythology really inspired me.
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