popkin

English translation: a word from the world of Roland (coined by King)

09:49 Apr 30, 2005
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English term or phrase: popkin
I wonder what "popkin" is? The Word come from Stephen King's novel" Dark Tower". The sentence is" He pice up the popkin and eat it."

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Macky
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Local time: 14:02
English translation:a word from the world of Roland (coined by King)
Explanation:
"I'd like something to eat, please," the gunslinger said through Eddie Dean's mouth.
"We'll be serving a hot snack in¯"
"I'm really starving, though," the gunslinger said with perfect truthfulness. "Anything at all, even a popkin¯"
"Popkin?" the army woman frowned at him, and the gunslinger suddenly looked into the prisoner's mind. Sand­wich … the word was as distant as the murmur in a conch shell.
"A sandwich, even," the gunslinger said.
The army woman looked doubtful. "Well … I have some tuna fish …"

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King invented the word to show that Roland's world is different from ours, so when Roland enters our world he has problems with naming even the simple things. In this case "popkin" is how they name a sandwich in the world of Roland.

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Note added at 15 mins (2005-04-30 10:04:24 GMT)
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Since Roland travel in our world \"inside the mind\" of Eddie (`the prisoner\'), he reads some concepts and words belonging to our world from Eddie\'s mind while controlling his body.
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Kirill Semenov
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Local time: 09:02
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3 +5a word from the world of Roland (coined by King)
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a word from the world of Roland (coined by King)


Explanation:
"I'd like something to eat, please," the gunslinger said through Eddie Dean's mouth.
"We'll be serving a hot snack in¯"
"I'm really starving, though," the gunslinger said with perfect truthfulness. "Anything at all, even a popkin¯"
"Popkin?" the army woman frowned at him, and the gunslinger suddenly looked into the prisoner's mind. Sand­wich … the word was as distant as the murmur in a conch shell.
"A sandwich, even," the gunslinger said.
The army woman looked doubtful. "Well … I have some tuna fish …"

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King invented the word to show that Roland's world is different from ours, so when Roland enters our world he has problems with naming even the simple things. In this case "popkin" is how they name a sandwich in the world of Roland.

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Note added at 15 mins (2005-04-30 10:04:24 GMT)
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Since Roland travel in our world \"inside the mind\" of Eddie (`the prisoner\'), he reads some concepts and words belonging to our world from Eddie\'s mind while controlling his body.

Kirill Semenov
Ukraine
Local time: 09:02
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ali Beikian
6 mins

agree  msherms: you are the Stephen King MASTER!! //nonetheless, I am pretty impressed : )/I think I'll have to get the book - although I am more of an Anne Rice fan..: )
1 hr
  -> I'm just a fan :) + I read `The Dark Tower' again and again from the beginning as soon as a new book is out. A week ago I've got the 6th one, so soon I'll read the books once more ;-) + Yes, Anne Rice is also good :)

agree  Robert Donahue (X)
2 hrs

agree  Alfa Trans (X)
1 day 12 mins

agree  Refugio: -kin is a diminutive, so a popkin would logically be something small that you could pop in your mouth // I am simply exploring why he invented that particular word
3 days 7 hrs
  -> I don't *feel* the word, so my answer is based on the direct context. Thank you :) + Sure, I understand, but I can't go as far as `why' as a not-native-speaker. The best I go is King's own explanation. Thus my thanx for going further, not for your agree:)
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