[Ads-l] On the Waterfront: dialect clash

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 22 04:13:12 EDT 2017


“I find myself watching TV and looking at television”

Exactly! Now, there is someone who understands how to use the English
language properly! 🤡

On Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM, paul johnson <paulzjoh at mtnhome.com> wrote:

> I find myself watching TV and looking at television
>
>
>
> On 9/21/2017 8:19 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>
>> Yeah! "Looking at television"!
>>
>> *There's* a blast from the past! (I.e., 1950s in my x-perience).
>>
>> JL
>>
>> On Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 8:26 AM, David Daniel <dad at coarsecourses.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> What I find most interesting here is that you said you looked at the movie
>>> on YouTube. I would have said I watched it on YouTube. I do remember as a
>>> kid some folks would say they were looking at television - whereas I was
>>> watching it - but I always thought it was just a few folks being odd.
>>> Now I
>>> find there is a Lion of Language who says it too. Interesting!
>>> DAD
>>>
>>> Enviada em: quinta-feira, 21 de setembro de 2017 00:53
>>> Para: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>>> Assunto: On the Waterfront: dialect clash
>>>
>>> Poster:       Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>>> Subject:      On the Waterfront: dialect clash
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>>>
>>> Surprising as it may seem, I had never seen this famous movie until last
>>> weekend, when I looked at it on YouTube. But, as does everyone else, I
>>> know
>>>
>>> =E2=80=9CI could have been a contender. I could have been somebody,
>>> instead=
>>> of what I am, which is nobody=E2=80=9D
>>>
>>> and I was waiting to hear it =E2=80=9Cin the flesh,=E2=80=9D as it were.
>>>
>>> And, when I did, I was shocked, shocked! For some reason, I=E2=80=99d
>>> alway=
>>> s assumed that the second sentence would be spoken as,
>>>
>>> A) =E2=80=9CI coulda BEEN somebody, instedda what I am, which is
>>> NObody.=E2=
>>> =80=9D
>>>
>>> But I was taken off guard, because what I heard was,
>>>
>>> B) =E2=80=9CI coulda been SOMEbody, instedda what I am, which is
>>> NObody.=E2=
>>> =80=9D
>>>
>>> The contrast between _SOMEbody_ and _NObody_ is almost Homeric in its
>>> clarity. Yet, somehow, A just feels =E2=80=9Cright" to me.
>>>
>>> --=20
>>> -Wilson
>>> -----
>>> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
>>> come
>>> from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>>> -Mark Twain
>>>
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>>
> --
> "There You Go Again Trying to Use Reason on the Planet That Produced the
> Duck-Billed Platypus"
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-- 
-Wilson
-----
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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