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My question is regarding the title of Mark Twain's story "Some Learned Fables, For Good Old Boys And Girls"
What does "learned" in the title mean?
I checked the dictionary, and I think I can relate to two meanings.
1. Scientific. You will understand how this is significant to the story if you read it.
2. Taken from generation to generation, from father to son.
I think I am more inclined toward the latter.
Please let me know what you think.
Edit: I found another example that I think is similar.
The Learned Tales of Medieval Ireland.
Last edited by karitaru; 01-Apr-2010 at 05:22.
A clue would be how you pronounce the word "Learned".
It's pronounced "learn ned" and not "learnd", as you would usually encounter it.
There is a Simpsons episode called "The Crepes of Wrath" which exploits the differences in the pronunciation of the word, and hence, the meaning.
Are you suggesting that "Some learned tales for the ...etc" would give the same effect?