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As well as being a key point in Thud! (just translate basic into chicken...) it also has homophonic implications in Unseen Academicals!

It is interesting to note that Methodia Rascal used this word to activate a Device that he found, apparently by accident, in Koom Valley, since the key word to activate it was the homophonic aork, from the Dwarfish for "speak."


Now there's a word with an echo...