scribbles tagged ‘triple vowel’

whow will I play with?

Friday, November 2nd, 2007 | tags: , , ,  |

Christmas day 1999

After christmas I found this note from my 6yr old niece  tucked in the cover of a book I’d been reading.   It now marks a poem  drawing parallels between life and staying on a hospital ward where we do not make our beds but we do lie in them by Roger McGough in his  book “The way things are”.

The note cleverly demonstrates that the word hasea hoase house, unlike home,  is terribly tricky to spell.   Probably because there are three of those infamously tricky vowels  conglomerating in ‘house’.

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you can’t say that

Sunday, May 13th, 2007 | tags: ,  |

conversation soon after first arriving in the US  

Wendy: “he was the shiniest blackest man I’ve ever met

USA people nearby:   ”  __________________________________”

USA person: “Wendy…       …..you can’t say that

Wendy:   “say what?”

USA Person: “shiny black,   it’s like saying greasy monkey,   its offensive

Wendy: “oh,   can I say shiny without the black or black without the shiny?”

USA person: “you can say  people of color or African Americans

Wendy:   “and shiny?”

USA person:   “best avoided altogether”

USA linguistic correctness is complicated.   More complicated than spelling words with triple vowels.   Apparantly there are white people and people of colour.    White people and everybody-else .   All skin shades lumped into one  category  ‘not-white’.   This is complicated especially if you want to describing  different qualities of non-whiteness,   or even the different shades of white,   which are really colours.   I’m probably repeatedly offending people here all over the shop.   Hopefully they’ll  let me know my social faux pas’  like the above fellow…  

people of color = not-white

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