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  • "Philosopher" is a word that a lot of people don't use, and when they do, they envision either an old guy with suede patches on his elbows sitting in a musty university office, surrounded by books, smoking a pipe, and talking about Aristotle, or they envision a young man not yet graduated from university, wearing beat-up t-shirts and long hair in a ponytail, sitting with his legs crossed on the lawn, talking about "the system."

    As to Madness of George III, well, many people go to movies without really know
    • by ziggy (25) on 2001.12.04 9:06 (#2089) Journal
      PBS had a documentary about Harry Potter last night, and mentioned that in the states they used the term "Sorcerer's Stone" instead of "Philosopher's Stone". They didn't go into details, just mentioned the difference in the states, and proceded to tell the story of the Philosopher's Stone. From what I can gather, most 'Mericans have never heard of the legend of the Philosopher's stone, so the reference would have been lost on us.

      As for "The Madness of King George", it is because whenever we see a III at the end of a title, we presume that it's something like "Rocky XVII". We're not used to parsing things like "George III" as single tokens. If we did, then we'd have Rocky XVII -- a thought to horrid to imagine. :-)