[Bards] "Vivat Ghastly Malapropism!"
peterschorn at pdq.net
Tue Jun 12 18:19:59 PDT 2007
> As a voice herald, if I were to try to correct any specific court
> usage in Ansteorra, it would be to get rid of the
> occasionally-heard two-language form "Vivat King! Vivat Queen!"
Seconded. Oh dear God, seconded.
> Nobody in period, or even in England today, would ever say that. It's
> just an illiterate mistake, which says, in effect, "This isn't real.
> We're re-enacting something we do not understand".
Oh, boy, do I ever agree! In fact, I'll go further; I...
..no, I must not...
...I must not snark.
Snark is the thread-killer.
Snark is the little-flame that brings total immolation.
I will face my snark.
I will permit it to pass over me and through my "Del" key.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the snark has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Unless of course it's a boojum...
--from "The Bene Anthejets Litany Against Snark," copyright Herbert George.
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