John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Happy Birthday, pandaguy

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk):

Supplied or provided with vowels, especially to an unusual extent. Also with qualifying terms, as well-vowelled.
--Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1928

Pity the Poor Vowel
On this date exactly a century ago, Lady Agnes Grove celebrated the publication of her social commentary, The Social Fetich, in which she criticized English accents: "There is, perhaps, no language in which more latitude has been allowed in the pronunciation of words than the English language. The reason is not far to seek. There is no invariable rule for the pronunciation of any English letter or combination of letters, yet no language to the refined English ear can be more hideously murdered. It is the vowels that are at fault. They are tortured and twisted, the one usurping the place of the other. An actual experience of mine affords an apt illustration of the habitual confusion of A and I. Through the telephone, I asked for seats at a play. I was told only Nos. 6 and 7, Row I were vacant. 'Row I," I answered, 'seems rather far back.' 'Front row!' was the somewhat irritated answer. 'Row I -- the first letter of the alphabet.'"

The vowels are at fault for being tortured and twisted? Talk about blaming the victim!

-The Gneech
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