[LMB] Bujold sighting

Jim Parish jparish at siue.edu
Sat May 27 08:51:54 BST 2006


In this week's World Wide Words newsletter, Michael Quinion 
discusses the word "ensorcelled":

"It has become more common since, though it's hardly a word you will 
expect to find in your daily newspaper. It's usually regarded as 
literary or poetic but is most frequently to be found in sword-and-
sorcery fantasy novels: "The lock was ensorcelled, protected as if 
by some invisible, unbreakable glass" (Lois McMaster Bujold, The 
Spirit Ring, 1992); "She was an ensorcelled princess, and only the 
evil witches might waken her" (Vernor Vinge, A Deepness in the Sky, 
1999); "The colossal hammer of the Berserker Khorixas was forged of 
the same sky metal as Etjole Ehomba's ensorcelled sword" (Alan Dean 
Foster, A Triumph of Souls, 2000)."

Jim Parish


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