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Mrs. Malaprop Strikes A Blow

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Balajee, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Balajee

    Balajee IL Hall of Fame

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    Granted we have been ruled by Brits for a couple of centuries but do we really have to take out our anger on their language? .

    The way people molest English they should be arrested for rape. I stumbled upon one such gem today while I was about to watch a movie on n Sun Direct.

    Nowadays every movie is preceded by warnings, no not against watching that movie which would have been more appropriate but against drinking and smoking.

    I have absolutely no objection to them .. Smoking is bad and can cause a lo of problems besides cancer though I am in favor of moderate consumption of alcohol.. But if you are going to issue such warnings, can't you at least avoid malapropisms?

    I thought something was wrong with my hearing when I heard that announcement against drinking. I seemed to have heard " Conception of liquor is injurious to health' instead of consumption of liquor..

    I replayed it to check. No my hearing was perfectly okay. The guy really said CONCEPTION INSTEAD OF CONSUMPTION.

    Now, how on earth do you conceive liquor? When I mentioned this to my daughter she suggested a possibility.

    "If you keep on guzzling beer , soon you are going to look as if you have conceived" she said.

    But that would only be an appearance and not real conception. Did the announcer guy get carried away by appearances
     
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  2. Viswamitra

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    Dear Balajee,

    Your daughter appears to have the same level of sense of humor you have. Leave alone English pronunciation, have you heard of Tamil announcements in the Television? I am not sure how every TV channel recruits people without a voice test and language skill test. Most of them lack both.
     
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    Viswa true she has a sound sense of humour but it has often worked against her. During hetr schooldays she was not abnle to write essays in her English class without revealing her sense of humor and that cost her marks as teacher considered her work to be "frivolous". As for TV channels the less said the betterr. Just look at the way Tamil news channels butcher French, German and Italian names. At least one Ta,oil news channel is convinced that nTeump belongs to the democratic party.
     
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    Ha ha ha..:roflmao::roflmao:!!
    She's too good!

    In this age of instant digital gratification no one has the time to develop thorough language skills nor actually anybody allows them the required time to develop those ( vz schools, institutions etc etc)!

    I ,myself , feel so easily distracted , never having the ability or gumption to read and devour the books , like I used to earlier. It's always a rush job for anything and everything under the sun!!
    How do we reverse these lifestyles to the days of yore when all activities were to be relished and learning was for the sake of just that ...LEARNING.. and not for putting them out on social media :rolleyes:
     
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  5. Cheeniya

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    Dear Balajee
    Is it worse than this:
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    Boy learnt by rote wrote to class teacher
    DEUAR SIR,
    As I am suffering from leave kindly grant me two days headache.
     
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  7. Balajee

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    Haha a picture speaks louder than 1,000 words!
     
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    One of my dad's subordinates apparently had an inexhaustible supply of aunts because whenever he wanted leave the reason was "MY AUNT WAS (RPT WAS) EXPIRED. That WAS turned the aunt's expiry into a whodunnit making everyone wonder who expired the aunt. Apparently the dear nephew was a serial killer of aunts.
     
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    Lol
     
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