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Rants and Stuff / Whatever happened to the word, "led"?
« on: February 12, 2011, 04:59:45 AM »
"Led" - past tense of the verb, "to lead"

I cannot tell you the last time I read this word in a news story, e-mail, or (sorry) post on this or any other forum. It's even wrong in many books (but none from TWG authors, as far as I know).

When I read something in the news like, "Yesterday, Maj. Xyz lead the Nth Brigade in an offensive against [generic enemy combatants]," it just makes me wonder - When did this happen? Because "lead" is present tense, but it says it happened yesterday...

Am I the only one to notice this? - that a fine and legitimate word has met a premature end at the hands of the evil spellcheck, which is too dumb to know the difference?

Or is this a recognized change in the language? - I confess that, to me, "prioritize" will never be a real word, and "creative" will never be a noun, so I may just have to use the one new term that's worth its weight in gold: "Whatever."

Brandon Sanderson / Colors of blood/skin (WoK spoilers)
« on: January 14, 2011, 04:22:16 PM »
My theory: The different colors of blood/skin indicate that not all these races/species originated on Roshar.

- - Only the Parshmen are native, and un-evolved Parshmen (NOT the Parshendi) cannot resist the Void when it takes over their minds.

- - The off-worlders have been brought (by the Heralds? Knights Radiant? other world-hoppers?) to Roshar from their planets of origin, centuries ago, so that their magic can be used to fight the Void when it reaches this world.

Brandon Sanderson / Parshendi (WoK spoilers)
« on: January 14, 2011, 04:20:42 PM »
My theory: The Parshendi are not actually enemies, but will become allies instead. They are the "help" that the Almighty sent (mentioned in one of Dalinar's visions).

- - The Almighty has caused them to evolve so that they have "armor" that prevents the hive-mind control that normal Parshmen fall victim to.

- - The dark sphere (that Gavilar gave Szeth) does summon thunderclasts. The Parshendi gave it to Gavilar to keep it from their non-armored cousins during the coming Desolation.

- - But then why kill Gavilar? Maybe, as he interacted with him in the visions, the Almighty discovered that Gavilar was the "wrong" brother - from the descriptions of their personalities, he seems more over-aggressive whereas Dalinar seems more "Honor"-able, so to speak. So the Almighty chose the younger brother, and led (by visions?) the Parshendi to remove the elder one. This reminds me a little of the Jacob/Esau story in Jewish history.

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