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I don't know whether to be pleased or disappointed
james_nicoll
That I can't spell "jackass" consistently but I got "Brobdingnagian" right first go.

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comment(s); comment here or there.

Brace yourself.

According to Jonathan Swift, it's Brobdingrag, not Brobdingnag. His publisher changed it.

This was in the Afterword to Gulliver's Travels, but no opprobium is likely since I am apparently the only person in the world who read the goddamn thing.

I have read speculations that that note is there as part of the joke, to lend a clearly false travel narrative verisimilitude by claiming there was a right spelling for a fictional place. That is, Swift called the place Brobdingnag and then inserted a false complaint about the name being misspelled.

I am perhaps marked for life biased due to Tor's alterations of The Goliath Stone.

But is that because of the book or the band?