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Tuesday, November 29, 2005
On page 24 of Perdido Street Station (see Currently Reading at right), China Miéville mystified me with the following list of professions:
I think I nailed down chimerists and teratologists.
Chimerist obviously has its root from chimera or chimaera, the "fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head, a goat's body and a serpent's tail." Chimera also refers to a mutant, a creature spliced together from the body parts of different animals.
Teratologist was even easier. The dictionary had no qualms about sharing its definition: a teratologist studies animal or vegetable monstrosities.
That leaves me with karcists and vodyanoi shaman: primitive knife-grinders and vodka-brewing spiritualists?
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