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Oct 21, 2011

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I think you will enjoy watching this kinetic typography animation using the words of acclaimed writer and actor Stephen Fry.


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Beautiful! Oct 21, 2011

Who says words should run from left to right and stay still on the page?


neilmac  Identity Verified
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I was that soldier Oct 21, 2011

I feel like I've had a verbal kicking after that. But I'm afraid I won't be giving up on my apostrophe crusade just yet.

Baby and bathwater, Stephen, although we still love you. I did like the bit about context and convention being the guiding principle though...

[Edited at 2011-10-21 14:49 GMT]


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. Oct 21, 2011

I really recommend his latest volume of autobiography, The Fry Chronicles, as much for the story as for the delight in words. I feel a natural affinity for anyone who refers to the "esoteric coteries" he encountered at Cambridge, and then says: 'I only included "esoteric" because it's an anagram of "coteries".'


Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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Let's not demonize Lynne Truss Oct 21, 2011

I do like Monsieur Fry, but my God he loves the sound of his own voice.

I understand the need to criticize language sticklers, anyone with even a cursory knowledge of linguistics knows full well the folly of language "protection" or trying to set yourself up as a guardian of "proper usage".

However, we all have certain things in language that irk us somewhat, no matter how descriptive, as opposed to prescriptive, we try to be.

I agree with him that the verbing of nouns is a great thing to be able to do in English, but there are instances when it just seems silly, ugly or another adjective which implies disapproval. Personally I cringe when I hear business jargon, full of ridiculous verbing of nouns "gist: look at these reports I gisted" (summarized) it's just like nails on a blackboard to me.

And, he contradicts himself at the end when it begins to go quiet that he hates it when people aspirate and pronounce the "h" in "aitch".

Well, Mr Fry, some of us English folk say "haitch" (me for example), we also say "house", "holiday", "hearing" not "ouse", "oliday", "earing". The ironic thing being that to leave them out of words in speech is considered non-standard (it's a feature of some accents though), but it's fine not to pronounce the "h" in the very name of the letter itself?

The worst part is that by leaving out the "h" too often you run the risk of sounding French! (Joke - have to be explicit, I know how badly humour translates on here).


Eulalia Baroja  Identity Verified
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thanks Oct 21, 2011

Thanks for sharing!

A ver interesting videoicon_smile.gif


Igor Popov
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Thank you very much Oct 22, 2011

It's a great performance!!!


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