Changing words (was Re: Checking in)
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Wed Feb 4 11:34:33 EST 2004
On Wednesday, February 4, 2004, at 08:43 AM, minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
> I wouldn't
> know if the Puffins I have of Elizabeth Enright or Edward Eager have
> altered for the British child or not, nor yet the Katy stories --
> though I
> think the presence of a "Katy-did" means probably not, in that
> case, because that's not an English insect I recognised as a child
I'm sure you know that a katydid _says_ 'katydid'. And sometimes
> no more
> than I knew what a "squash" was. (Still don't, unless it's a pumpkin,
> those get turned into lanterns at Halloween so I suppose it can't be.)
Sounds like me and 'vegetable marrows'.
Actually, a moment's research
on the web tells me that a vegetable marrow is, in fact, a kind of
though not one generally cultivated in the USofA.
A pumpkin is also a kind of squash,
but 'squash' is used for a bunch of other related things.
Here's a handy link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squash_(vegetable)
> The only American book being changed for sale in England that I
> was a fuss at one point when some dwerpie tried to mess with Huck
> Finn, but
> I think that was more to try to make it politically correct than to
> the "strange" diction so it may have been for all readers not just for
> English.... <mass snippage> The thing that astonished me was that the
> seemed to be being viewed as
> "wrong" because it was perceived by the person who wanted to change it
> being "pro-slavery". Or at the very least as being wrong because it
> mentioned slavery at all, and slavery was wrong so one should just keep
> quiet about it. Or something. Very, very strange mindset, I thought.
> anyone who read that book really think it was in *favour* of slavery?
I haven't read it recently enough to know whether it just accepted
as a fact. I certainly can't remember it being in favor.
Huckleberry Finn is problematic, to say the least. There's a story
about an African-
American who was attending a very prestigious New England prep school
['public school' for those who speak British English]. His class was
Huckleberry Finn and the other boys took it as a license to use the word
'nigger' to him. Twerps.
I generally don't like Mr. Clemens, and Huck Finn is not a book I've
enjoyed. I really detest the part at the end where Tom Sawyer is
I think _A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court_ really sucks. And
I can't remember ever having been moved to reread _Tom Sawyer_.
I suspect Mr. Clemens is generally too robust for me. Or something.
However, he did an essay on James Fenimore Cooper that is one of
the funniest things I have ever read. I remember absolutely rolling on
the floor the first time I connected with it.
[Tip on American Literature and movies: no matter how dedicated you
are to reading books from which movies are made, do NOT bother
to read _The Last of the Mohicans_. It is truly dreadful. Nobody who
makes a movie of it follows the plot as written.]
- The first rule of holes:
when you're in one, stop digging.
-- Molly Ivins
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