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Power of Language

Hello! I'm new here. I have to do an assignment for my college writing class about the power of language, and immediately I thought of the Grimmerie. There's a part of Son of a Witch (which I just finished maybe a week ago) in which Liir is reflecting on the mastery of language and how it has to do with the power of the Grimmerie... or something along those lines. At the back of SoaW there is a quote:

My mother was westerne woman
And learned in gramarye


Grammar. Gramarye. Grimmerie. Grim. What an interesting play on words...

Thoughts about the Grimmerie? What it might say about language? I'd be interested to know; this assignment triggered a sudden interest in language. I believe my friend found the Grimmerie really creepy and disturbing.
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Interesting, I never thought about it that way. I do remember something about Elphaba's master over the Grimmerie being, in part, a control over words and thoughts. Like she was using her knowledge, along with something more primal and arcane, to do her magic.

I know that Maguire called it "the Grimmerie" as a play on 'Grim,' 'the Brothers Grimm,' and Grimoire, which is an older word for a spell book. There was something else about the full title of the Grimmerie, too, but now I can't remember what it was. Something like Thautamurgy or something, and Elphaba also calls it something that has an M alliterate.
Haha, cool. Whenever my friend gives my copy of Wicked back to me, and I can get a hold of Son of a Witch, then I will look into it some. Let me know if you find out anything cool... my friends and I are fascinated by language! =^n.n^= (Like just the other day, scientists discovered they could base a certain group of chemical structures on the grammatical structure of sentences. Cool.)
That's really interesting! Any more info? Have you ever seen the movie "Everything You Know is Wrong"? They talk about an expiriment a man did with labeling water, then taking pictures of it's crystallized form, and different label (and the emotions people projected at the water because of them) made the crystals behave differently. Here's one link: http://www.hado.net/water_crystals2.html and for even more, google "Messages in Water".
I looked around but I can't seem to find it... it was a week or so ago in the grammar_whores or useless_facts community, so I'll keep my eyes peeled!
Ah-HA! I found it! Hopefuly the link still works:
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/health/15789218.htm

Enjoy! =^n.n^=