"'Truth is strange," you know, "stranger than fiction' - besides being more to the point" - Edgar Allan Poe

August 10, 2007

I subscribe to a few daily mailing lists, notably Warren Ellis' BAD SIGNAL, and the WSJ OpinionJournal BEST OF THE WEB TODAY by James Taranto. Of the latter, I must say it's the best reading I get to do on a daily basis. A lot of it is US-Politics based, so I might not relate completely, but it's a fabulous read anyway. I'd like to share one item I just read in today's edition.
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How Much Is That Doggess in the Window?
"The New York City Council, which drew national headlines when it passed a symbolic citywide ban earlier this year on the use of the so-called n-word, has turned its linguistic (and legislative) lance toward a different slur: bitch," reports the New York Times:

The term is hateful and deeply sexist, said Councilwoman Darlene Mealy of Brooklyn, who has introduced a measure against the word, saying it creates "a paradigm of shame and indignity" for all women. . . .

The measure, which 19 of the 51 council members have signed onto, was prompted in part by the frequent use of the word in hip-hop music.

As a New York-based wordsmith, we are of course vexed by the City Council's efforts to restrict our vocabulary. Fortunately, the Times suggests an alternative to "bitch," in the form of a definition from an 1811 dictionary: "A she dog, or doggess; the most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman."

"Doggess." That seems to work: "She's such a doggess." "Life's a doggess, then you die." "I can't say it, but it rhymes with roggess."

But the Times notes that "the bill also bans the slang word 'ho.' " Great. What are we supposed to say instead of "ho"? "Gigoless"?

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Funny, funny stuff, if not outright biting at times. And they spot the funniest headlines ever.
For example (also from today's edition)-
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News You Can Use

  • "Keep Poop Out of Pools, Residents Told"--headline, Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Aug. 9

  • "Relief From Excessive Armpit Sweating"--headline, NewsMax.com, Aug. 8

  • "Hips: Scheme to Widen in Five Weeks, Say Lobbyists"--headline, Financial Times, Aug. 3

Bottom Stories of the Day

  • "Segway Fan Club Disbands Due to Lack of Interest"--healdine, FoxNews.com, Aug. 9

  • "Joan Jett Won't Be at the State Fair"--headline, Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.), Aug. 8

  • "Pakistan Parade Could Be in Doubt"--headline, New York Sun, Aug. 9

  • "Angelina Jolie Denies Endorsing Edwards"--headline, CNN.com, Aug. 9

  • "Leonardo DiCaprio's Presidential Vote Up for Grabs"--headline, People, Aug. 9

  • "Canadian PM Vows to Defend Arctic"--headline, CNN.com, Aug. 9
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I recommend it to anyone. Here.

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