Monday, 13 August 2012

All language is slang...

Slang, Yiddish slang?

About a month ago i attempted to read George Eliot's 'Middle march'.

Even thought i made it about halfway into 'Middle march' (and this was a serious effort for me or anybody who's not me to get that far) and i did learn a lot, i made notes and i will share them with you now.

One section she refers to social class structures and...
All choice of words is slang, it marks a class
Correct language is the slang of prigs who write history and essays. And the strongest slang of all is the slang of Prigs
A prig ( /ˈprɪɡ/),
Sometimes spelled prigg, is a person who shows an inordinately zealous approach to matters of form and propriety – especially where the prig has the ability to show superior knowledge to those who do not know the protocol.
They see little need to consider the feelings or intentions of others, relying instead on established order and rigid rules to resolve all questions. 

It is a narrow mind that cant look at a subject from various points of view
So, i thought, this is interesting, the words you use are unique to you like your fingerprint, spelling mistakes and all, from re-reading my old blog posts i can see where i would have formatted text differently and i can see how i have changed, you change over time and i can see it and feel it, who would want to stay the same anyways?

Your words are powerful, they convey your experience and this would apply to professions and the industries they belong to, when you talk to a:
  • Lawyer he says the words to convey legal terms
  • Project manager he says the words to convey project management ideas
If you meet a Project Manager and he doesn't know Project management terms, and refers to ideas as 'things' and 'stuff', you might want to check their back ground history a little closer.
Pay attention class

Spelling is over rated, i'm not the only one that thinks that and mistakes are fun, like hearing 'Pigeon English' in Asia.

Now scientists are saying that Spell check is killing English, if you an advocate of Spell check? Stop killing one of the friggin languages i speak!!

Professor Michael Cowling says...
"In this world, it will be more important to be connected than to be well-spelled. Spelling is an art form that the digital native just doesn't need any more and as academics we need to start accepting this."

And the argument for spelling wright?

Spelling might not matter, but punctuation and where you put commas can change the meaning of text.

A legal dispute over ...
a clause in Graham Greene’s will. The clause restricts access to his papers left to Georgetown

University in these words: “I, Graham Greene, grant permission to Norman Sherry, my authorized biographer, excluding any other to quote from my copyright material. . . .” On his deathbed Greene added a comma to this typed clause after the word other. Are all researchers denied the right to quote the material, or only other biographers?

Surely, as a sophisticated writer, Greene meant something by his comma. But the Georgetown librarian interpreted the clause to bar all but Sherry–biographers or not–the right to quote.
The appropriate rule of punctuation would have limited the exclusion to other biographers.
It gets tricky when it becomes legal?
Maybe the punctuation legal response could have been about 'The vibe' of the thing, from a movie called 'The castle'?

 The vibe of the thing?

I mentioned to someone how i felt my vocabulary was improving after reading 'Middlemarch', which is funny, i felt like i was i was getting more out of that novel than any other book i have read and i only understood a fraction of it?

But there were some bits of gold that made it all worthwhile where you could put the book down and spend the rest of the day mulling over.

But Fielding lived when our days were longer (for time like money, is measured by our needs) when Sunday afternoons were spacious and the clock ticked slowly in the winter evenings  
What elegant historian would neglect a striking opportunity for pointing out that his hero's did not see the history of the world or even their own actions? For example Henry of Navarre, when a Protestant baby, thought little of being a Catholic monarch; or that Alfred the great, when he labored his laborious nights with burning candles, had no idea that future gentlemen would measure their idle days with watches.
Here is a mine of truth, which however vigorously it may be worked, is likely to outlast our coal
 Lyngate was in love with the actress in the same way a man is in love with a woman whom he never expects to see

Irvine proved a point

Language (so it seems to me) helps us convey ideas, i think Irvine Walsh proved this idea in Trainspotting particularly (it's written in the language of the people of the story, phonetically too!)

Any of my teachers would have given Trainspotting a (- D), oh the spelling mistakes, terribble gwrammer!!

But it wasn't about the grammar, spellings, they were very believable characters, not the kind you wanted to meet (moms know what i'm talking about!)  
The phonetically written story, well...was part of the story.

Frank Mc Court wrote Angela's Ashes, a story about a kid, in words a kid could understand, this was the power of the story.

James Joyce's 'A portrait of an artist as a young man' wrote about a kid that becomes an adolescent, man and the writing style changes with the age of the character in the novel, this was the main theme of the novel, the language changed, so too did the grammar, it plotted the evolution of the artist

 James Joyce's Ulysses was nearly burnt before it was published, may of the leading 'writers' at the time thought he was destroying English, but what he was actually doing was 're inventing it',

Regurgitating English in vibrant colors, after it was forced down his throat, too bad the critics were color blind?

Joyce was reinventing the English language, little did the critics know in Ulysses he made up his own words too, or were thhey spelling mistakes?
 Shakespeare made up his own words too, so too did George W. Bush...i'll stop there

Not only this, but Joyce's Ulysses was used as a reference in lobbying for a reform on how legal cases are reported in English newspapers

With music, i guess you could compare slang to musical phrasing?
John Coltrane got heave criticism for destroying Jazz, but the critics didn't understand and he got a lot of criticism, little do critics know

Orsen Wells, Citizen Kane was nearly destroyed too, but that's another story...

Want to talk to a baby? No problem, just learn baby sign language, it's the new baby slang!

Put it in the air Snoop!

And there is Snoop Dogg, he has his own slang, if you want to communicate with Snoop, you might want to try this?

All words are slang, it just depends who you are talking to i guess?

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