[Bards] "Vivat Ghastly Malapropism!"

Peter Schorn 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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