Saturday, 23 October 2010

Stephen Fry on pedantry and loving the language

As most of you know, I write a weekly language column for the New Indian Express' EdEx supplement. I write this column because I love the English language and it seems to me entirely reasonable that I should write public love notes to it on a regular basis - much like accosting strangers with pictures of one's offspring ("aren't they beautiful?"). I think I manage not to be a pedant most of the time, though I stand by the occasional argument for clarity, whatever Stephen Fry may say in the video below.

As for said video, I think it's gorgeous and true and it made me cheer. Watch it immediately.


Celine said...

I've finally had a moment to sit down and watch this - oh, Aishwarya. Thank you for sharing this. It almost made me tear up with gratitude and joy.

Off to share willy-nilly.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love that you love Stephen Fry, but have you abandoned LJ? Don't abandon the dark side! We have cookies!

Aadisht said...

But pedantry is so much fun. It is one of the few avenues of smugness available to people who are not mommybloggers or who have paid off all their credit card debt.

It is Stephen Fry's magnificent scorn that has made you forget this. Shake it off, Aisha! SHAKE IT OFF!

Aishwarya said...

Celine, Anonymous - I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Lyryk - I will certainly be posting on lj again by the end of the year. Just very sporadically. :)

Aadisht - You forget; I'm a nice person and cannot therefore be thoughtlessly smug at people. If only I were less ethical etc.