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Dangerous Reading

weather: light drizzle
outside: 4°C
mood: dorky
I bought a copy of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. =)

Firstly, it is dangerous to be reading this play in public.

I went to Timmy Ho's for lunch* and started reading the play as I was eating. I am way too compelled to read Eliza's lines out loud to fully appreciate her accent, especially when she's in hysterics =D At first I tried to just hear it in my head. Then I began whispering her lines.

At one point, she howled a mostly unintelligible noise spanning an impressive spectrum of non-frontal vowels ... and I quote: "Ah-ah-ah-ow-ow-ow-oo!!!". Bwahahaha!! =D I didn't howl, but I definitely said something out loud. I think a few people wanted to call for security. What can I say? I was visualizing the IPA for it and one of the things that helps immensely is to say it yourself.

Anyway, one gentleman laughed and I laughed with him, held up the book and said, "there's a character with an interesting accent". He smiled and nodded (I heard him thinking "freak..." =). I went back to reading. Quietly. In my head. =} =} =}

Secondly, I've discovered that the retarded internet teenybopper spellings and punctuation is completely, entirely George Bernard Shaw's doing. In the April 1902 edition of The Author, he wrote:

The apostrophes in ain't, don't, haven't, etc. look so ugly that the most careful printing cannot make a page of colloquial dialogue as handsome as a page of classical dialogue. Besides, shan't should be sha''n't, if the wretched pedantry of indicating the elision is to be carried out. I have written aint, dont, havnt [sic], shant, shouldnt, and wont for twenty years with perfect impunity, using the apostrophe only where its omission would suggest another word: for example, hell for he'll. There is not the faintest reason for persisting in the ugly and silly trick of peppering pages with these uncouth bacilli. I also write thats, whats, lets, for the colloquial forms of that is, what is, let us; and I have not yet been prosecuted.

I'm keeping my eye out for what Mr. No Uncouth Bacilli does with "it's" and "its".

* - Turkey & Wild Rice soup (4 points); 1 multigrain bagel (6 points); ½ tbsp. creamcheese on the bagel (0.5 points). Lunch total: 10.5 points.


Comments

bride
Feb. 11th, 2003 10:25 am (UTC)
Re: Now What's Fascinating...
we always think of 'ain't' as being poor grammar. There was actually a period in England when the word 'ain't' was considered proper useage.

Merriam-Webster still, to this day, won't label it as a colloquial term =)

Now wasn't that a stupid way to say 'hello' for the first time?

You'd do well with that pickup line in a library =D
kevinr
Feb. 11th, 2003 11:54 am (UTC)
I'm A Frustrated Teacher...


...at least that's what my wife (Kris kris_royal) often says. ROFL.

And my friend Nikky-boy [Bad username: nk_seashore"] tends to, as well.

Might have been better teaching English or writing rather than singing for my supper. LMAO. (But at least I get to dabble with editing, which helps my 'frustration' some, I guess.)

I just remember the old "Now children. 'Ain't' ain't a word" thing from childhood. LOL...

What you doin' for the hubby for Valentine's Day? What's he doin' for you?

Again, nice to 'meet' you!

~~KevinR
bride
Feb. 11th, 2003 12:01 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm A Frustrated Teacher...
I just remember the old "Now children. 'Ain't' ain't a word" thing from childhood. LOL...

Part of me wants to be evil and teach my children to defy the teacher when s/he deducts marks for use of that word. >=}

What you doin' for the hubby for Valentine's Day? What's he doin' for you?

Nothing. We don't celebrate Feb.14. =)
kevinr
Feb. 12th, 2003 12:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, My, My!


Now I've come off as ethnocentric, haven't I? (I try so hard not to be. But I'm just basically an ignorant Southern boy, after all. ~Grin~)

Hell, I sometimes just forget that the whole Valentine's Day business is really only an American custom. LOL.

We're pretty much 'into' here. And we men had better be into it--or our women would 'bout kill us! ROFL. If we miss showing our 'love' on V. Day, we'd better just go climb in the dog house right off...

I guess you just got done with celebrating New Year! Say, I understand it runs three days. Is that so? How does that work, exactly? (We've only got the whole New Year's Eve business--then an official government holiday on New Year's Day.) ~Big Smile~

~~KevinR
bride
Feb. 12th, 2003 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, My, My!
Hell, I sometimes just forget that the whole Valentine's Day business is really only an American custom. LOL.

It's okay =) It's a big deal here in Canada too... not quite as big in Taiwan/HK/Mainland, but the younger folks do minor celebrations there too. We're just one of the few couples who just couldn't be assed to do anything for Valentine's. =) It's never really worked out in the past - both too busy, not willing to spend the money, etc. And I've never been into things that a lot of girls are anyway.

The Lunar New Year for us isn't a big thing either, but we do at least have dinner with family and do that lucky red envelope thing.
kevinr
Feb. 12th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
! The Red Envelope!!!


I've got one of those envelopes for this year! I was pretty excited by it, truth to tell (never having done it before in my life). ROFL.

As a matter of fact, I was going to share it in my LJ. I'm dying to know what it says. (This not knowing any other languages is a pain. I'm barely adequate in English, though, so I figure I'd best not press it too much. LOL. My runs in college at learning French were a fair waste of time...)

I actually love how America ends up embracing so many 'holidays' from other nations--I guess because of the whole 'melting-pot' aspect. (Which is pretty much true for Canada, too--isn't that so?)

Learning 'bout Guy Fawkes Day (for example) from a Brit friend was quite enlightening and amusing! ROFL.

~~KevinR

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