Ah! You don't happen to know the Duke of Kent or the other royal Kents, do you? Yeah, mixing Greek and Latin roots makes me shudder but unfortunately people insist on doing it anyway Huh. I don't have any recollection of that at all -- but then again it was like ten years ago, and I've gotten into so many arguments on the JC that they all blur together anyway. You've an interesting view on video games. While I wouldn't go so far as to call them a form of literature -- as they're not strictly written except insofar as game programming involves "writing code" but I do find that the most satisfactory games have compelling narratives. RPGs are my go-to genre as well (or historical stuff) but otherwise something with a good narrative or interactive dialogue stuff can make up for a lot of faults. Sorry to hear about your parrots. That must've been back during one of those periods where I was more or less barely in Lit (coincided with much of LOTF I think) so I probably didn't pay much attention to the social thread. I've never had a pet, but I've always thought that were I to have one, I'd want a bird. Or a puppy. But birds are cooler.