Sandy Clegg Posted February 4 Share Posted February 4 (edited) 12 minutes ago, Evolett said: The iron grating can be compared to a weir or dam. More to a classic weir because its function is to regulate water flow. So the "mad" swimmers are those who dismantle the dam. As 'weir' is such a key term in the books, I thought I'd check my Chambers app: 1. Weir (noun) = a dam .... wall, blockade, embankment, barrier, obstruction 2. Weir (verb) = to guard .... cover, shield, watch, screen, sentinel, hedge, fence, preserve. Scots: wear/weir Some interesting usages I hadn't considered before, including hedge (hedge knight, anyone?) and sentinel. Preserve as in jam (Hot Pie!) is probably a stretch, but GRRM does like his jokes EDIIT: George has mentioned his interest in Scots history so the usage of 'wear' for 'weir' is likely familiar to him, giving me some nice tinfoil errands to run. Here's a couple of wear/weir puns that, if deliberate by George, are more than a little eye-opening: Quote "Boy or man, he had no right to that throne." "Perhaps he was tired," Robert suggested. "Killing kings is weary work. - Eddard II Quote Chunks of coal burned in iron braziers at either end of the long room, but Jon found himself shivering. The chill was always with him here. In a few years he would forget what it felt like to be warm. The weariness came on him suddenly, as he donned the roughspun blacks that were their everyday wear - JON III Quote Jaime closed his eyes to listen, but opened them again when he began to sway. I am more weary than I knew. - JAIME I, AFFC Swaying (like a tree?) and weiry? Ok, this is all seeming like a stretch somewhat as there are over 150 uses of the word weary in the books, and I feel like I'm cherry-picking. Still, fun! Edited February 4 by Sandy Clegg Additional guff Phylum of Alexandria and ravenous reader 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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