crumpets & muffins

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 19 00:45:30 UTC 2001

>The Americanization of the Potter books is even stranger, given the fact
>that most American kids are raised on Disney Britophilia such as Peter Pan,
>Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmatians, Mary Poppins, The Sword in the Stone
>(though recall the American-accented Arthur), The Great Mouse Detective
>(one of my favorites), and many others.  If kids can get the Caterpillar
>and Mad Hatter, why not the philosopher's stone?
>But I think the Americanization of the Potter books actually was fairly
>limited. For instance, Harry's friend Ron often uses the word "git" for
>schoolmates he doesn't like. This word is not in most American dictionaries
>and is unfamiliar to American kids and to most of their parents as well.
Luckily for some of those parents, the Beatles used "stupid git" in
at least one of their songs, so it's not totally unknown to us.


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