A revelation named Fry
Ich hab da was gefunden. Was ganz Wunderbares.
Stephen Fry hat auf seiner Website einen ganz großartigen Essay über Sprache geschrieben, der gleichzeitig eine Liebeserklärung an die Sprache, ein Basiskurs Linguistik und eine Abrechnung mit Sprachnörglern und -pedanten ist.
Hier ein kleiner Appetithappen:
Sadly, desperately sadly, the only people who seem to bother with language in public today bother with it in quite the wrong way. They write letters to broadcasters and newspapers in which they are rude and haughty about other people’s usage and in which they show off their own superior ‘knowledge’ of how language should be. I hate that, and I particularly hate the fact that so many of these pedants assume that I’m on their side. […]
There are all kinds of pedants around with more time to read and imitate Lynne Truss and John Humphrys* than to write poems, love-letters, novels and stories it seems. They whip out their Sharpies and take away and add apostrophes from public signs, shake their heads at prepositions which end sentences and mutter at split infinitives and misspellings, but do they bubble and froth and slobber and cream with joy at language? Do they ever let the tripping of the tips of their tongues against the tops of their teeth transport them to giddy euphoric bliss? Do they ever yoke impossible words together for the sound-sex of it? Do they use language to seduce, charm, excite, please, affirm and tickle those they talk to? Do they? I doubt it. They’re too farting busy sneering at a greengrocer’s less than perfect use of the apostrophe. Well sod them to Hades. They think they’re guardians of language. They’re no more guardians of language than the Kennel Club is the guardian of dogkind.
The worst of this sorry bunch of semi-educated losers are those who seem to glory in being irritated by nouns becoming verbs. How dense and deaf to language development do you have to be? […]
* offenbar sowas wie die englischen Bastian Sicks und Wolf Schneiders
Schon allein die „semi-educated losers“… *schwärm*
Hiermit ergeht also unbedingter Lesebefehl.
Hören kann man das Ganze übrigens auch, gelesen von Fry selbst. Macht noch mehr Freude. Den Podcast gibt’s kostenlos bei iTunes (hier verlinkt).