Saturday, January 20, 2007

Interplanetary Orthography

I watch precious little TV these days, but am working on the laptop in the same room with my son, who is watching Christopher Reeve's first Superman movie (Ollie was Superman for Halloween).

Remember the scene when Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) “interviews” Superman on her balcony – in her negligee? She inquires what planet he’s from; he responds.

Lois Lane, taking notes: “So that’s Cripton, with a c, r, i . . . ?”

Superman: “No, actually, it’s Krypton, with a k, r, y. . .”

Because of course superheroes from other planets use the same romanic alphabet we do.

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