Tag Archives: ozish

If I Could Talk with the Animals

While they can often amount to the same thing in narrative, there’s a clear difference between animals speaking in human language and people being able to understand animal language. Dr. Dolittle is probably the most famous example of the latter, … Continue reading

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Carpeting the Gaps

The Magic Carpet of Oz, by David Hulan – I was in communication with David back when I first joined the International Wizard of Oz Club more than twenty years ago. He offered me some advice on the Oz stories … Continue reading

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The Roots of Language in Oz

My recent post on language in the Oz books has led to some interesting discussion on this topic. Many of the names of native Ozites are either descriptive of the characters or puns, if not both. There are also frequently … Continue reading

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This Is Fairyland, Speak Ozish

I’ve written before about how everyone in Oz at least seems to speak English. Ruth Plumly Thompson apparently thought Ozish and English were the same language, while Sherwood Smith’s books give some hints of an automatic translation spell of sorts. … Continue reading

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