gbarrett at AMERICANDIALECT.ORG
Mon Apr 26 17:48:56 UTC 1999
Journalist and writer Jon Katz writes a stimulating article on high
schools as bastions of oppression, and uses the word "Hellmouth" to describe
I've never heard of hellmouth before, but a definition I found at
http://members.aol.com/hecate6666/I25Y3.htm leads me to believe Hellmouth
originated in some fantasy/role-playing game, either digital or analog:
Giles continued. You kids will never stop beating around the proverbial
bush, he chastised them. He spoke bluntly. This town is over a
A what? she asked, breaking her silence. She was hoping she heard
A Hellmouth, he repeated. A center of mystical convergence. Basically,
everything youve ever been told doesnt exist does, and its here.
Vampires, werewolves, witches...God, I wish Xander was here. He would sound
even more tactless than I do.
All of the other links I found on the Internet support this point of
view, but I would be curious to find the true source to this name.
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