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Comment 28 by Axulus :

Comment 20 by hemidemisemigod :

"Dawkins...was philosophical and spoke with a droll English accent fitting of his former professorship at Oxford University."

Did what now? I don't think that word means what you think it means.

The word seems fine to me. Remember, this was a Pacific Northwest audience.

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Adjective: Curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement: "his unique brand of droll self-mockery". Synonyms: funny - comical - comic - amusing - humorous - laughable

Maybe this is some strange Pacific Northwest use of the word, like using momentarily to mean "in a moment".

"his unique brand of droll self-mockery" ≈ "his unique brand of comical self-mockery"

That's fine but...

Dawkins spoke with a comical English accent..."

He's not doing it for comic effect you know, that's how he really speaks!

Fri, 06 Apr 2012 08:40:18 UTC | #932708