Excerpted from the Folktown Records, edition 578.
"When, and how, did Ghyll develop Quezlar numerals?" --Morphous Ibb, age 7.
Tim Timperton replies: "Like many things in Ghyll, they were designed to cover up the aesthetic problems of core script. Quezlarian (or Quezlar) numerals, contrary to popular belief, were invented by Quezlar 6. According to recent research by the Council for Quezlarian Research, Quezlar 6 was so upset with the shape of the core script number in his name that he invented a whole new optional numbering system: Quezlar numerals. Delightfully, VI was the nickname of his wife, Violetta, which explains why 6 is spelled VI in Quezlarian numerals."
Intriguingly enough, the secretive Council for Quezlarian Research emphatically deny the above claim! But we need not doubt it; Tim Timperton was a high ranking member of the council before taking up post as an agony uncle in the Folktown Records. Why he would change career from a Quezlarian researcher to an agony uncle, one can only guess...
--Sean B. Palmer 11:44, 20 Aug 2004 (EDT)
I really must protest the use of the term Agony uncle to describe a fine upstanding lad like Tim Timperton. As my esteemed fellow researcher is obviously aware, an "Agony uncle" is a derogatory term applied to employees of the Folktown Records weekly newspaper. While I admit that Tim works at that fine establishment, he is a fine, upstanding lad. Not at all like that pile of splak father of his, Bysted Timperton. I should know, I play cards with the old dog every Tuesday and he cheats. --Qwentyth Pyre 01:34, 3 Sep 2004 (EDT)
Not living close enough to the Folktown Records offices to have ever heard the term "agony uncle" used in a derogatory manner, I stand by my use of the phrase as it stands in the entry. The author of the "Agony uncle" entry should've noted that in more rural areas the phrase has lost its pejorative connotations, though he was probably as unaware of that as I was the inverse. --Sean B. Palmer 13:03, 3 Sep 2004 (EDT)
I think you'll find that it is more a matter of the phrase having not yet gained the pejorative connotations it gained in less backward areas. Prior to around -3 EC the Folktown Records actually used the term itself, but this was becoming more and more of a sore point with its staff since it had gained its derogatory nuance at least 5 years previously. --Talliesin 18:47, 15 Sep 2004 (EDT)