Uh, t’be or not t’be well spoken enough

Barack Obama does it. So does Sarah Palin. On the national stage before millions of TV viewers. I think it’s time t’make it official. The word “to” has become an apostrophe’d “tuh.” Americans should have t’spell it that way if we’re going t’let our most prominent panderers put it forth in speeches for our schoolchildren t’emulate. Murcan, as some linguists call it, differentiates itself from British English by adapting common usage, taking the shtreet most traveled, basically. Americans consider it a shtrength t’be unshod mustangs, uh, mavericks.

Obama also contracts “y’know” to a back of the throat extreme I can’t even spell. “Yghn?” is how he prefaces every informal aside. He seems to rely on “you know” like teenagers use “like.” But is it an affectation meant to make him seem more pedestrian?

On the other hand, Sarah Palin shows herself to be the poor-mannered plain girl with “ya know” and ceaseless, unadorned YAs. “Ya gotta” love it apparently.

3 thoughts on “Uh, t’be or not t’be well spoken enough

  1. AvatarThe 13th

    I couldn’t spell anything. I couldn’t remember anything, but I could go to a movie and I knew who starred in it, who directed it, everything.

    I don’t believe in elitism. I don’t think the audience is this dumb person lower than me. I am the audience.

    – Quentin Tarantino, on spelling maverick with an eric inside.

  2. AvatarThe 13th

    All hail the great Kurosawa (fan)! Now get to rowin’ you wannabees!

    Concensus to census, I’d wager that Tarantino has done more to increase awareness of global filmmaking and Hollywood dominance than 10 out of 10 and a half film critics in the last 20 years.

    Tarantino’s grindhouse explorations into racial, sexual, and sensational appeals may not be definitive nor are they required to be. Grandpa won’t like ’em – and isn’t expect to. History will tell. Until then idle speculation.

    Critics. Always pie-faced sensitive about subjective aesthetics, aren’t they!? We?

    One could discuss these relevancies towards occupational hazard, or to local censorship, even global significance. Or just flog them like dark characters in a cheap re-run of “In The Realm of Senses” debating the merit of depictions that affront.

    … but it’s U.S. election time so….

    that’s spelled Palin-drone, Palin-clone, and Palindrome – but not relief.

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