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From its invention in 1656 by Christiaan Huygens, inspired by Galileo Galilei, until the 1930s, the pendulum clock was the world's most precise timekeeper, accounting for its widespread use. Siliconism also has links to belief in alternate value systems other than technology but whether Pratchett was thinking along this line is unknown. The hermit crabs on Bermuda are only surviving by recycling old fossil shells, of which there are fewer and fewer as time goes on, thus causing the hermit crab to become, slowly but surely, just as extinct as the snails.

Page 17 - "Silicon Anti-Defamation League had been going on at the Patrician, and now --" This is a reference to Roundworld's Jewish Anti-Defamation League. From the 1530s, "the regulation and control of a community" (similar in sense to policy); from Middle French police "organized government, civil administration" (late 15c.Chrysoprase is a regular in Discword novels although his name is spelled 'Crystophrase' in Wyrd Sisters.

In British English, the term cop is recorded (Shorter Oxford Dictionary) in the sense of 'to capture' from 1704, derived from the Latin capere via the Old French caper. And someone armed and dangerous has been getting ideas about power and destiny and lost kings, committing a string of seemingly random murders across the city. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books which have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Pratchett added that "'I'm too short for this shit' is a line that has appeared in at least two grunt movies.

Its name stems from the medieval era when street names reflected the occupations conducted there - Baker Street, Market Square, etc. Pratchett's drawing the reader's attention to Colon's use of the French 'metier' with the slanty thing over the 'e' emphasizes that this line will be important shortly. For non-British readers, BritRail was the national railway system that was privatized in the 1990s by the Conservative government. Nobby is trying to sound more upper class using 'meteor' when he means to use the French word 'metier' (which Fred's used on page 214) .

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