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One simple and perhaps uninteresting fact to keep in mind is the popularity of the name John in the English-speaking world. Consider this table. Granted, it contains statistics for late 16th century England and not early 19th. However, despite the time difference, it is significant that a full 20% of the surveyed names were John. Therefore, it’s possible ...


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You might be overthinking it. According to Brian Jacques himself, it seems he didn't go into the depths of exactly what traits the mythological/biblical character Asmodeus represents; he just found it among a list of names of Satan and thought it'd be a fitting one to choose for a snake. I found this information in what seems to be an author commentary on a ...


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Huh. That's a great point. I never really thought about it until now. Take Pekka Rollin's character: he's regarded as the "king of the Barrel". He's the wealthiest, most powerful Barrel boss in Ketterdam. And he's the one who someone like Kaz has sworn vengeance on. In a way, Pekka is like a lion. He's aggressive, physically strong, smart, and sits ...


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Given that MacDonald was a proud Scotsman and that he often used the Scots language/dialect in his books, a perusal of a dictionary may prove useful. Here is part of what The Dictionary of the Scots Language has on keck: [O.Sc. kek(k)il(l), v. = 1., from c.1513, = 2., a.1550. A freq. form from Keck, v.3 Cf. also Mid. Du. Kekelen, to cackle.] (online, https:...


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