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Accepting and mourning the loss [Feb. 21st, 2008|11:01 am]
This is not a screed against the dumbing down or horrible loss of vitality of our language...because I don't honestly believe either is happening. Words and meanings come and go, talking of Michelangelo. And if Tough Shit, Eliot is rolling in his grave, well, much as I love his work, he should. Pretentious old bugger.

I will rail against things like "alright" and other sloppyisms, because, well, everyone needs a rail. Especially Guam, although if we don't eradicate those snakes, there will not longer be a little brown rail. Not that you'd want to lean against them. They're sort of small and nervous. Even if it's probably a losing battle. And probably should be. The language thing, not the bird. Compared to an ecosystem, a word is small beer, really.

But still. Awesome and Anxious. I fear I'm losing you. Anxious, when really, what you mean is eager. Eager, as in you're really looking forward to it. Instead of anxious, which means there's an element of fear and trepidation. I'm anxiously awaiting your visit. Well, maybe if I'm visiting, because I'm mean. Or, T.S. Eliot, because he's not ONLY an over-educated pretentious old bugger, he's dead. And that would make even me anxious. Not to mention that whole "I speak 12 languages and have read every book known to my time period and I will use them all. All. In my poetry." thing he does.

And awesome. As much as I misuse it, I'm still sorry to lose that "full of awe" feeling. The element of terror and fear is gone from "his awesome presence" and "awesome responsibility".

Ah, well. I'll deal. There are rails to think of. And peaches to be eaten. And yellow smoke rubbing its muzzle on the window-pane...

[User Picture]From: pyllgrum
2008-02-21 06:19 pm (UTC)
"O O O O O that Terrible Turnip Rag;
It's so eloquent, so intelligent.."
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[User Picture]From: lowlandscot
2008-02-21 06:34 pm (UTC)
Perhaps we could resurrect "awful" in its old sense of "makes me full of awe." As in the (perhaps apocryphal) review Queen Anne gave of Christopher Wren's restoration of St. Paul's: "awful, artificial, and amusing" (awe-inspiring, artful, and astonishing).

Awesome post, by the way.

You like TS Eliot? I bulled through Four Quartets just to please the Mr., who seemed to think an Eliotless education was deficient in the essentials, but something about the guy just pisses me off. And not in a purely intellectual way -- I'd go to the trouble of digging him up if I could set my dogs on him. Took 42 pages of William Butler Yeats to wash him out of my forebrain.
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