Massive Spoiler Alert again. For the first book in the new series, Fool’s Assassin, and The Farseer Trilogy and The Tawny Man series. Oh, and the Rain Wild series too. Isn’t that some kind of record, spoiling three prior series in one book?
While watching The Almighty Johnsons (a well-done urban fantasy set in New Zealand) on Netflix, I have been noticing some expressions. I’m listing my favorite here.
- Shot through — took off (and didn’t come back) Easily my favorite new expression.
- Getting your end away — Having sex — a bit like getting off
- Nut bar — nut job
- Munted — wrecked. Used as a synonym for pissed
- Root (verb) – To have sex. Pretty rude.
- Suck the kumara— endure hard times, lose, kick the bucket – possible origins being in death and thus below ground. A kumara is a sweet potato.
It’s also fun listening to the accent. It is kind of like Australian. Speaking of which, not sure which of these are unique to Kiwis and which are shared with Australians. I’m also trying to avoid any expression that I know are British (like “gutted” for “bummed out” or “pissed” for “wasted” (drunk) )
All of these are on Netflix as of 03/21/2015.
- Bo on the Go – Has a lot of Ska music. A Canadian import that tries to get your kid to exercise. Good animation.
- Ruby Gloom. Goths who live in a haunted mansion. Refreshingly, the title character has a sunny disposition. There is a depressed character named Misery, but she is the only really stereotypical cast member. The music is a high point — many songs are strongly remininiscent of The Cure and other bands like that. Lots of references and jokes for adults.
- Daniel Tiger. PBS show – Cartoon set in the Mr. Roger universe. A lot of emotional intelligence lessons. Music is OK if occasionally clunky.
- Leapfrog series. Especially the CGI animation reboot. Good production values. There is a lot of merchandise Leapfrog puts out but it’s not pushed in the show.
- Curious George. PBS Show – Newer version of Curious George. Theme song is a bouncy jazz number, with lots of jazz in the show.
With massive spoilers of course! For not just this book but the two trilogies preceding it (The Farseer Trilogy and The Tawny Man Trilogy).