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29 Oktober 2004 @ 15:36
Unspeakable? You don't say!  

Okay, enough of this political stuff and nonsense. Let's get this blog back on track, shall we? Make with the language geekery already!

Quoth Geoff Pullum, in the usual place:

I noticed that two films have arrived in town bearing names that cannot literally be pronounced because they are not spelled with letters. One is I ♥ Huckabees, directed by David O. Russell. The other is What the #$*! Do We Know, a documentary by William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, and Mark Vicente. People appear to be getting around the problem typographically by writing ♥ as "(heart)", and writing #$*! as "(bleep)", and presumably pronouncing them likewise.

Well, I dunno #$*! 'bout #$*!, but as for ♥, I can offer circumstantial support for the "heart" pronunciation (as opposed to "love," which seems as if it would work better both syntactically and semantically) from the following, spotted long ago on a bumper sticker:

I ♠ MY CAT

Now, I guess that could be intended to mean "I dig my cat," but I think the more likely pronunciation is "spade."

Pullum also reports that

Royal Dutch / Shell changed its name yesterday. It is now called Royal Dutch Shell. The slash is gone, but phonetically the name remains the same.

Actually, I'm not so sure about that. I think I would differentiate the two in pronunciation by a slightly higher pitch on Shell in the former than in the latter. But the difference is subtle, if indeed it exists; phonetics is not best done by introspection.

 
 
 
w1ldc47w1ldc47 on 29. Oktober, 2004 20:55 (UTC)
You callin' my friends nonsense?
w1ldc47w1ldc47 on 29. Oktober, 2004 20:55 (UTC)
whoa! I a second ago the word nonsense linked to my friends page, I swear! Dammit.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 29. Oktober, 2004 20:58 (UTC)
You callin' my friends nonsense?
Only one of them.
w1ldc47w1ldc47 on 29. Oktober, 2004 20:58 (UTC)
fucked up, dood. You have a link to whatever the current page is on the word nonsense, so what it links to changes depending on if I'm seeing it on my friends page or in reply mode. Did you do that on purpose?
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 29. Oktober, 2004 21:01 (UTC)

No, actually. I forgot to type in the URL in the <a> tag, so I ended up with an empty link... which is resolved by browsers as a link to the current page.

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parodieparodie on 29. Oktober, 2004 22:14 (UTC)
Can I have an introspectrograph? Pretty please??
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 29. Oktober, 2004 22:24 (UTC)
Tomgoliard on 30. Oktober, 2004 00:36 (UTC)
How odd. I had always scanned that bumper sticker graphically rather than phonetically - and took it as referring to the corresponding operation on a _male_ cat...