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Re: R: Re: Correction, I hope, of M/C URL

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Sunday, March 19, 2000, 8:57
Mangiat wrote:

> > Seriously, It's really good work. Bravo Sally! > > A thing I hate of English is that he randomly takes foreign words and uses > them without thinking about their original meaning: > Italian 'bravo' can be used only for men!!! It wouldn't be a nice thing say > 'bravo' to a girl, even worse than 'brava' to a boy (the latter means that > you are speaking to a gay boy, but to a *boy*; the former could mean only > one thing: the girl is so rude that she resembles a man!) > > For women, we have 'brava':)
People who regularly attend the symphony, I've found, have a habit of being quite pretensious about that. I went to a performance of Orff's _Carmina Burana_ a year or so ago and distinctly remember that all the people around me were yelling out "Brava!" for the main female vocalist. An aside: But as for people changing the meaning of foreign words when they borrow them into their own language, it's the same the world over. Just last year I was walking down the street and happened to see a store that specialized in nonconformist toys and gizmos (inflatable mounted moose heads and the like). There was one import from Japan that I just had to buy: tiny toy transformers. In one form, they were the usual shining warrior robots, but in the other, they were everyday food articles -- a bowl of Ramen and some Japanese herbal tea (ah, nostalgia!). On the sides of both when transformed were various kanji characters, which were then, allegedly, translated into English -- except that the English made utterly no sense: the Ramen was labeled "Beef retort pouch". That says, I think, less about the Japanese, than the extent to which people actually care whether the words they're using are technically correct or not. =========================================== Tom Wier <artabanos@...> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ===========================================