gunsontheroof asked: haroun and the sea of stories no fUCKIN WAY
(no one’s ever sent me an ask before, so i felt compelled to answer. also i almost typed “undead” instead of “indeed”.)
avant la lettre: This is a cool expression that I have never quite had the nerve to use. Not because of anti-French sentiment, but because it never seems to look quite natural when I try it on. I decline, with regret, to wear a cowboy hat for the same reason.
But maybe you can make it—the expression—work for you. It means “before there was a name for [some quality or category].” As in, “My great-uncle Llewellyn was a flower child avant la lettre.” “Robert E. Lee was passive-aggressive avant la lettre. Or, to be really literal, “Snakes were making the s sound avant la lettre.”"
— Roy Blount Jr., Alphabet Juice
or, why the MCU didn’t ruin your favorite supervillain.
below the cut: Iron Man 3 spoilers, discussion of cultural appropriation, narrative arc, and analysis of how ridiculously, wonderfully meta the advertising scheme of IM3 was.