So you know how every language has that word/phrase/sentence that native speakers can pronounce just fine, but foreigners can almost never pronounce it correctly? And the natives have a lot of fun telling the foreigners to try and say it and laughing at their attempts?
They’re called Shibboleths, and wikipedia has a whole article on them. Even better, wikipedia has a whole article on examples of them.
Some of them are ridiculous, I can’t stop reading this article.
Oooh, queer Shakesspeare characters? Must find out more! What did Iago say/do that led you to believe he loved Othello?
It’s been a while since I read the play, so I can’t pull up any specific quotes. But there is an edge of jealousy when he talks about Othello and Desdemona and an extreme level of bitterness to it.
But also, simply Iago’s level of manipulation and deception. Like, ok, whenever Shakespeare characters give a soliloquy (they are alone on stage and give a speech to the audience), they tend to be incredibly 100% honest about their thoughts and intentions. Except for Iago. Iago manages to talk himself into lies that we know he knows aren’t true. That’s some serious self-denial there. Like woah.
And his stated motivation (bitterness that he was passed over for a promotion) fails to explain his fixation on Othello’s relationship with Desdemona and the very….sexual nature of his revenge. Like, he doesn’t try to ruin Othello’s military character. He specifically aims to sabotage Othello’s romantic and sexual relationship.
There are a few moments in the play where Iago almost, nearly, seems to express some GENUINE level of sincerity (these moments are often extrapolated on in film and stage adaptions, especially the Branagh version) And all of those moments are times when he and Othello are alone on stage. Specifically when Othello embraces him, thanking him for being a “true friend”, Iago seems to have a moment of self doubt, breaking through his incredibly pathological web of lies he has weaved around himself.
And when that web comes crashing down and Othello kills himself, Iago is rendered speechless. The master of lies, unable to even defend his actions as he sees the destruction he has wrought upon Othello, the fixation of his manipulation. All Iago can do is refuse, even at the end of it all, to explain his actions.
Convention season is creeping up on us like a big, creeping… thing. And this means that thousands of like-minded individuals will cram themselves, six to a room, into hotels and convention centers and forgetting basic hygiene in favor of socializing with people who actually get them. (Which brings me to the next point: please shower.)
Hotels detest large groups of people because while they do bring in money they also mean heaps of trouble most of the time. If there’s enough trouble, they can actually refuse to house cons in the future- and we don’t want that. Hotel jobs are not easy and they don’t always pay well, so here’s some pointers on how to make it easier on your hosts:
give tips when you can. Desk staff, breakfast hosts, and housekeeping all accept tips. Even if its a dollar. It can really make a person’s day, and that’s important.
If you’re hanging out in the lobby and the janitor looks like they’re going to start cleaning, please allow them leeway to clean. They can’t vacuum if you’re on the carpet, they can’t mop if you’re on the tile. Which means that they have to wait, which means overtime, which usually results in hours for the next week being docked and that’s really very inconvenient.
If you’re going to be arriving late (closer to 10pm or later), call the hotel and let them know- particularly if its a lot of people.
You are not the only people in the hotel. It may seem like the only guests at your hotel are fellow con-goers, but its rare that one event reserves the whole building. There’s usually at least one very confused grandmother. Keep the noise levels down, comply if there is a noise complaint against you.
Keep messes in public areas to a minimum, clean up what you can. Let staff know. If something is broken in your room, let staff know.
You may get a survey emailed to you. Fill it out when you get a chance: we actually do read your comments. Make a point of remembering names of staff that were particularly helpful- they get rewarded.
Overall, be polite and patient with the staff- you don’t know how many problems they’ve had to deal with in one day. Usually by the time check-in rolls around its been a lot.
Other than that, keep safe and have fun!
Some excellent points! Respect the space! :D We are sharing a weekend with TWO weddings!
Hotel worker here. When you reserve your room, keep track of your confirmation number. Don’t book through a third party (expedia, hotels.com). Please be nice to us because we all know where keys are kept that can get us into any room. We know where you sleep.
i am laughing because i just started imagining a gordon ramsay-like feminist writer who, rather than helping to keep restaurants in business, goes to writers of television shows and films and chastises them for the sexism, racism, and general lack of diversity in their scripts
Today is Copernicus’s 541th birthday. You may remember Copernicus as the man who said “Hey, what if the Earth went around the sun?” To which the Catholic Church replied “Hey, what if we set you on fire?”
so Charlotte Bronte read Emma by Jane Austen and was really interested in this minor character named Jane Fairfax who was poor and would have been a governess had she not married well and then Bronte wrote her own novel exploring the plight of the poor governess who married this guy named Edward Fairfax Rochester in a novel called Jane Eyre and my point is don’t let anyone tell you shit about fanfiction.