It means the same thing in the US. And most countries, I'd guess?
What the hell happened to the Post Office?
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Yes! Kephale/caput literally mean “head,” and I know -ulum is the diminutive suffix. And on top of that, “chapter” is derived from “capitula.” I didn’t think about it, but I love that “chapter headings” has both the romance and germanic-derivated words of the same meaning. English at its best.
You’re right, they do! But for the most part they only use one clause, so it’s not full-blown Victorian headers. (Lucky them, they’re such great books.)
Damp is grosser in connotation, moist is grosser in pronunciation. Both are a good reminder than I need to throw out my sponge.
I’m so excited you’ve finally gotten to Going Postal. I don’t know if chapter headings in novels have a name other than chapter headings, but I’m pretty sure they’re kephalaia/capitula in the Bible. But a lot less florid than in novels. “_______, but too much” is a pretty good descriptor for everything Victorian. Anyway, I love parodies of these headers (Three Men in a Boat does it well: “Plans discussed.—Pleasures of “camping-out,” on fine nights.—Ditto, wet nights.—Compromise decided on.—Montmorency, first impressions of.—Fears lest he is too good for this world, fears subsequently dismissed as groundless.—Meeting adjourns.”) and I think it’ll be fun to see you try to anticipate what’s gonna happen vs your usual unspoiledness.
While this thread has died down, people keep reporting comments asking about this, so I just wanted to reiterate that using words like "looney," "insane," and "idiotic"—any words referring to intelligence or mental illness—as insults or an otherwise pejorative sense are considered ableist and against the site rules.
please try not to use the word "dumb" here as it's considered ableist
(personally, I'm glad that I don't go deeper than "reblog pictures and bad jokes," but for people who want an active fandom, I wish tumblr facilitated that and not falling down a drama rabbit hole)
Okay, thank you for this everyone! I've given Mark the part that's changed (in rot13 for the present) and he's gonna reread that part on camera. V guvax vg'f sbe gur orfg ur ernqf obgu irefvbaf fvapr vg'f qrsvavgryl tbaan or qvfphffrq va gur pbzzragf.