A wonderful book by James Thurber, published in 1957, in which -- for reasons which now elude me, something to do with Captain Black's mother being stuck in a porthole, I gather -- pirates led by the Captain start banishing the letter O from the life of a hapless island they have taken over. As the island is called Ooroo, a lot gets affected: they lose clocks and socks and so on, they lose love and mother... The islanders Otto Ott and Ophelia Oliver feel particularly hard done by.

(It had never until today occurred to me that there was any other reason for an O being wonderful.)

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