Did I mention Terry Pratchett might be using the Oxter English Dictionary to use words that provide no possible web-based method of verifying? Words related to the construction of models, like:
I'm not even sure he spelled smardgine correctly - as the closest thing I can find is smaragdine - of or relating to the color of emeralds. Keep that one handy for the New York Times crossword puzzle. And shode, well, he says a carefully worked model of a boat is inlaid with it, but it seems to mean waste/rubbish stone. So he's actually using those words to hide a joke. Bastard probably thinks he's funny.
That aside, Pyramids has been one of Pratchett's better Discworld books so far. I would have never thought that mocking Pharaohnic culture would be such rich and fertile literary ground. Portraying an "Egyptian" burial model maker as a geekboy living with his mother and obsessing on his boat models like some Star Wars fanatic - brilliant, right down to the mania for scales (the 1/80th kind, not the weighing kind). I thought the ending was a little soft, but overall it was extremely funny, and though written in 1989, still managed to make pointed fun of George W. Bush:
"It was that bloody wooden cow or whatever," said Xeno. "They've never forgiven us for it."
"If we don't attack them, they'll attack us first," said Ibid.
"S'right," said Xeno, "So we'd better retaliate before they have a chance to strike." (p. 215)