Saturday, October 3, 2015

I feel pretty confident that this is the least essential information you will acquire today

Why is the Enjolras/Grantaire ship known as E/R?

 in the book, it’s mentioned that grantaire likes to sign his name as “R” (big/uppercase r). in french, the letter r is prounounced “aire”, and the word for “big” is “grand” (pronounced “grahn”). so therefore, grantaire = “grahn-tehr” = grand r = big r = uppercase r = R. it’s a pun. oh hugo.
Via A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Shipping.  I confess that I briefly imagined the article would somehow be about the semiotics of cardboard boxes and was disappointed that it was not.

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