Apologies to Madeleine L’Engle

When I reviewed Many Waters (1986), by Madeleine L’Engle, I was flippantly critical of the short little mammoths that she had populating her Biblical world. Yesterday, the following report was released in the Vancouver Sun (9 May 2012: B3). Apparently, despite the nuances of our modern language, dwarf mammoths did exist, and they were “cute.” Still, it doesn’t seem any more appropriate than Vietnamese miniature Pot-bellied Pigs: where is the dignity in being a miniature pig? or a dwarf mammoth?

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