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#132410 - 08/30/04 09:20 AM No idea!
erika123 Offline

Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 1
I came across a strange word in the children's book I am currently
> reading. I am on the fourth of a series of six books, starting with
> "The Magician's Nephew", written by C.S Lewis and telling the story of
> four children in Narnia. I am currently reading "Prince Caspian" and
> in the book I came across the word "bivouacked". I can't remember in
> what context the word was used, or if Mr Lewis made it up using poetic
> licence! Can you help?

#132411 - 08/30/04 09:25 AM Re: No idea!
grapho Offline

Registered: 11/09/03
Posts: 619
Loc: Carpal Tunnel Country
bivˇouˇac ( P ) Pronunciation Key (bv-k, bvwk)
A temporary encampment often in an unsheltered area.

intr.v. bivˇouˇacked, bivˇouˇackˇing, bivˇouˇacs, also bivˇouˇacks
To camp in a bivouac.

re: Did "Mr Lewis made it up using poetic licence!"

In his day, you didn't even need a camping licence to bivouac.

#132412 - 08/30/04 03:09 PM Re: No idea!
Zed Offline

Registered: 08/27/02
Posts: 2154
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
I do like Puddleglum. Or is he in "The Silver Chair"?

#132413 - 08/30/04 04:43 PM Re: No idea!
Rapunzel Offline

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 328
Loc: Eastern Pennsylvania
Or is he in "The Silver Chair"?

Yes, he's in The Silver Chair. Isn't Puddleglum great? I have a neighbor whom I (secretly, of course) call the Marsh-wiggle because he's tall, skinny and wears a conical straw hat.

#132414 - 08/30/04 06:15 PM Re: No idea!
Zed Offline

Registered: 08/27/02
Posts: 2154
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Quick! Check and see if his toes are webbed!

#132415 - 08/30/04 09:35 PM Re: No idea!
Bobyoungbalt Offline

Registered: 11/22/00
Posts: 1289
Erika, I would think that CSL would have been the last man in the world to have any necessity to make up a word because of being at a loss for one. He was, after all, a professor of philology and one of the great master wordsmiths, to say nothing of his other accomplishments.

#132416 - 08/30/04 09:48 PM Re: No idea!
sjmaxq Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/20/03
Posts: 3230
Loc: Te Ika a Maui
Making a bivouac (or bivvy) was part of the experience of "outdoor education" for many Kiwi kids. My younger sister once got a nasty scratch on her eye when a fern frond she was attempting to insert into the roof of her bvouac insetred itself in her eye instead.

noho ora mai

#132417 - 08/31/04 07:06 AM Re: No idea!
jheem Offline

Registered: 01/06/04
Posts: 1475
Loc: California
He was, after all, a professor of philology and one of the great master wordsmiths

Indeed, he and Professor JRR Tolkien had a writing group that met at a pub in Oxford called the Eagle and the Child (or familiarly, the Bird and Baby).

#132418 - 08/31/04 07:17 AM Re: No idea!
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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Registered: 06/24/02
Posts: 7210
Loc: Vermont
a writing group

the Inklings.

formerly known as etaoin...

#132419 - 08/31/04 03:06 PM Re: No idea!
tsuwm Offline
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Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10538
Loc: this too shall pass
a writing group

the Inklings.

as opposed to: a singing group
the Ink Spots

-ron (If I didn't care) obvious


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