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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. SK
    June 14, 2015 @ 11:46 pm

    but you could say that they compliment one another

    I'm sure they do but do they also complement each other?

    Actually no, they can't because 'to complement' means 'to make complete' (from the Latin complēmentum, that which fills up or completes — which comes from the verb complēre, to fill up, which is the root of our verb 'to complete'). So to complement each other would mean they complete each other, which is what they don't do.

    So indeed, they must just say mutually nice things.


    • Daibhid C
      February 12, 2017 @ 12:27 am

      And the word “treacle” comes from triacula meaning an antidote to poison, so anyone using it to mean sugar syrup is WRONG.


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