Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Big Thank You to the Continental Vowel Shift

If you didn't get this email from me, it means I respect you too much to forward on youtube videos. But, sometimes I get a reply that is so great, I have to post it.
I sent out this this video with the comment: "Why does everything sound better with a British accent?" 
We can thank the great Continental Vowel Shift for the beauty of this message (and the honorable Daniel Hannan, of course). 
(Wow, that's a big window--still trying to figure out blogger.)
Amy Martinsen, my brilliant English professor friend, replied:
(posted with permission)
The British have such a mastery of the English language. I often wonder what has happened to us--have we just become so casual in all ways that we are no longer taken serious? The true power of communication is the the marriage of content and form--but truly this man could have been reading the phone book and his message would have had power. He was not, though, reading the phone book, but was, in fact, describing our situation as well. Soooo, since I am an undignified American, I will just say that he opened a Big 'Ol Can of Whoop-Ass on the Prime Minister! :)
the other Amy
(If you hadn't noticed, I'm trying here to simultaneously thank the man for his lucid and thoughtful commentary on our predicament even as I avoid the nerve-wracking topic.)


Lorna said...

Wow Sally, two posts in one day. I really like the video and have always said if you are going to be rude, do it in a British accent!

Jodie said...

Lovin' THAT. Oh what I wouldn't give to unleash this on a few politicians in our country?! Thanks Sally - you always entertain!