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today's cod-oirishry alert

Today, after a delightful lunch with barsine, I repaired to Chapter's bookshop where I picked up several excellent bargains in the second hand section. And then, on my way out, this book caught my eye.

You know what happened next, don't you? It was like an evil magnet. I couldn't resist. Ten minutes later I was still there, inwardly raging at the sheer idiocy. Basically, it's a book by a first generation Irish-American who goes on a pilgrimage to (puke) "Planet Green." And it is terrible. He constantly "jokingly" complains about the fact that we're not all thick peasants who live in candle-lit huts - "cell phones in Dublin?" Yes, you prick, cell phones, although I'm sure you'd prefer it if we just delivered messages by wild goose or something. He refers to an Irish accent simply and automatically as a "brogue" - an expression which always makes me want to take off one of my actual brogues (it's the Irish for shoes) and beat the speaker over the head with it. He also boasts of his ability to tell if a fake Irish accent is accurate, and then proves his claim is utterly false by saying Julia Roberts sounds like she "just got off the boat " (bwahahahahahaha!). The geography is so ridiculously inaccurate and JUST PLAIN STUPID that it boggles the mind (to give but one example, he refers to the six counties of Northern Ireland as being "part of England". ENGLAND? FOR FUCK'S SAKE!). It basically reads as if a pig-ignorant tourist with his own inane image of Ireland had wandered around for five minutes and decided to write about it. I'm very, very glad it was on a remainder table in a bargain bookshop.

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ladyxoc
Feb. 23rd, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
He's got one thing right. He's not gonna live another 49 years if he keeps on spouting crap like that.
socmot
Feb. 23rd, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
I take it you won't be reviewing it for your publication, then?
On second thoughts, perhaps you should, to warn people away from it!
khalinche
Feb. 23rd, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
Meh. As a raised-in-Scotland kind of person who goes to America quite often, I relate. Just...no! Ag! I don't care about your lineage if you can't tell Ali Abassi from Ally McCoist. But it ups it to another level when they start writing snide wee books about how we're Almost Developed, Actually!
enoneoftheabove
Feb. 23rd, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
Hhhhmmmm.... dictionary.com gives "A strong dialectal accent, especially a strong Irish accent." as one definition of brogue. (From the American Heritage Dictionary.) I wonder how one usage morphed into the other? The explanation it gives ("Probably from the brogues worn by peasants.") seems unlikely.
glitzfrau
Feb. 23rd, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
Apparently, the cod connection comes from the way that Irish people sound as though they are talking with a shoe in their mouths, so hilarious and unintelligible is our lilt.
jinxremoving
Feb. 24th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
(sinsense and jinxremoving both die)
glitzfrau
Feb. 24th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
(that would be because youse are choking on shoes.)
hfnuala
Feb. 24th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
*snicker*
daegaer
Feb. 23rd, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC)
MIDLIFE IRISH draws on the universal themes of love, loss, and laughter that have kept the Irish both miserable and happy-often at the same time -throughout the years

FUUUCKER! Gah.
theodicy
Feb. 23rd, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
:slams head onto desktop:
Holy
:bang:
Mother
:bang:
of
:bang:
God
:bang:

I'm God Knows How Many Generations Back and I know better than that. Here's to promising to buy and burn the first copy I find.

On behalf of my deluded "people," I apologize.
jinxremoving
Feb. 24th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: :slams head onto desktop:
*dies*
habseligkeit
Feb. 23rd, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
These people are allowed Irish passports. Tragic, really.
leedy
Feb. 24th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
DON'T REMIND ME!

stellanova, you should really write an article, or a book, on Godawful Irish-Americanisms. I have known few other subjects that work you into such a lather of eloquent rage.
cangetmad
Feb. 24th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
Ohmygod totally do!

Um, I think that such a book (and you know you could hold that rant to book length) would be a valuable contribution to the international discourse on the nature of Irishness. Plus it'd really piss people off.
jinxremoving
Feb. 24th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
drunkenness prevents me and my cohort from contributing further, but GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

thank you.
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