Friday, September 25, 2009

gawd bless yer, ma'am

Couple of interesting things about the review of William Shawcross's biography of the Queen Mother in the Independent today:
  • Firstly, the reviewer makes the common error of writing the phrase "soft-pedal" as "soft-peddle". Unlike "get shut of" this one is in the Eggcorns database, and the comments make the astute point that this sounds plausible because "peddle" means "sell", and "soft sell" is a phrase in reasonably common use. Whereas the musical derivation of "soft-pedal" is a bit less obvious. But it's right and "soft-peddle" is wrong, so deal with it.
  • Secondly, and more entertainingly, the book provokes Johann Hari into this tremendously vitriolic hatchet job on the Queen Mum, everyone's favourite lovable fishbone-inhaling Nazi grandmother. Then again if the very fact of us having a ROYAL FAMILY, for fuck's sake, in the 21st century doesn't provoke you to pull your own face off in rage and frustration then there may be something wrong with you.


Emma said...

I won't hear a word against the Royals. They do a marvellous job.

electrichalibut said...

Um, yes. And those Duchy Original shortbreads are quite nice.