me: i would say that the divine spirit did not rest upon me in the preparation of this meal.
spouse: well...that's hardly unusual isnt it?
me: that's rather heretical of you
me: to imply that i have any power to cook other than what Hashem Yisborech allows me
her: i was just saying that—
me: or perhaps you mean to imply that the source of my cooking is demonic? that ashmedai, prince of that race, has something to do with my stir frying?
her: ...you're having fun with this aren't you
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like this is entirely distinct from the question of if you asked homer, what color would he say the sea is. he is not wandering around with paint swatches being like "hmm are the sea and wine close enough in color to say this?" he says it's wine-dark because that sounds cool. it makes us feel things about the sea.
also, poetry is all about saying things that are not literally true. like you can just say "he was a ferocious bear of a man" without someone being some sort of anthropomorphic bear.
the way people describe colors is extremely cultural, and the dominant ideas about color today are of particularly recent vintage.
ancient greeks simply did not have an understanding of color where different things consistently reflecting certain colors of light. and you know what? there are a lot of lighting conditions that make the sea to appear dark-hued.
few people in history have committed harder to a bit than jrrt in the appendices to rotk
also that, since in the hobbit's language the gendering of -o and -a in names was reversed from ours, "Frodo" was originally "Froda"
seems like a real chutspan
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