Post by Joe Pfeiffer Post by Default User Post by Dimensional Traveler Post by Default User Post by James Nicoll
The Traveler in Black by John Brunner
Similarly, some editions add Compleat” to the title.
It's interesting to consider the effect on future generations if Walton had titled his work "The Complete Angler".
Post by James Nicoll
watching people get their just desserts.
It's "just deserts", of course. Not that I'm opposed to desserts, just or unjust.
The mnemonic I learned for that is that dessert is twice as sweet as
desert. And given the way I've always heard it said, desserts is correct.
"Desert" is an archaic word meaning "that which is deserved". The
Grammarist does say that "just desserts" is probably more common in
writing these days. I still consider it to be incorrect.
How should it be pronounced? I've always heard it pronounced as if it
were spelled "desserts" (accent on second syllable).
As a children, "dessert" was explained to us as what we would
only deserve if we ate the earlier course(s), and otherwise
behaved ourselves at table.
Dessert and desert have differing etymologies, though.
If Mom and/or Dad are aren't strict, the undeserving may
well enjoy dessert.
Let's not get into the psychological problems of using
"the pudding" to enforce compliance, and any connection
to eating disorders.
Cue "Pink Floyd".....