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#117454 - 12/10/03 05:03 PM Judder
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Nicci Gerrard of the Observer wrote a review of the novel 'Northern Lights' by Philip Pullman and said: "The relationship between the soul and the body; the nature of power and betrayal; the birth of desire; the knowledge of emotional hunger and loneliness; the strength of friendship; the corruption of knowledge are colossal themes that judder through the symbol-laden narrative."

Judder?

One wonders if this is a corruption of/evolution from "shudder" or what?




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#117455 - 12/10/03 05:08 PM Re: Judder
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In NZ, the traffic control devices known as "speed bumps" across the ditch are still commonly called "judder bars."

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#117456 - 12/10/03 05:17 PM Re: Judder
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From AHD
judder

SYLLABICATION: jud·der
PRONUNCIATION: jdr
INTRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: jud·dered, jud·der·ing, jud·ders
To shake rapidly or spasmodically; vibrate conspicuously: “Edith would watch her wrestling with words, her thin little body juddering with the effort to unlock them” (Anita Brookner).
NOUN: A rapid or spasmodic shaking.
ETYMOLOGY: Perhaps j(erk)1 + (sh)udder.



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#117457 - 12/10/03 05:33 PM Re: Judder
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I'm with Max. Common enough in the Zild.


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#117458 - 12/10/03 06:06 PM Speaking of Philip Pullman
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...and not meaning to "hijack" this thread: I heard briefly something about the BBC sponsoring a vote on the 21 greatest books (of the 20th century, I think)? Pullman is in the running with His Dark Materials? Can anybody lead me to a link about this? That's all I know... sounds pretty strange to me.


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#117459 - 12/10/03 06:31 PM Re: Speaking of Philip Pullman
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#117460 - 12/10/03 07:30 PM Re: Speaking of Philip Pullman
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digging a bit deeper, we find that these are the 21 contenders for Britain's favorite novel, as featured on The Big Read...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/bookchampions.shtml


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#117461 - 12/10/03 11:12 PM Re: Judder
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Judder is a common enough word in the UK as well. What else would you call, for example, the motion of a car when it stalls?

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#117462 - 12/11/03 01:37 AM Re: Judder
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Never seen it or heard it used before. Sounds like a melding of "shudder" and "jerk."


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#117463 - 12/11/03 07:28 AM Re: Speaking of Philip Pullman
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That sure is an odd collection, tsuwm. Thanks to you and Father Steve for posting. Shall we start another thread discussing the merits?


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