“The inventor of the language seems to have taken pleasure in complicating it in every way he could think of.”
- To continue with the German genders: a tree is male, its buds are female, its leaves are neuter; horses are sexless, dogs are male, cats are female – tomcats included, of course; a person’s mouth, neck, bosom, elbows, fingers, nails, feet, and body are of the male sex, and his head is male or neuter according to the word selected to signify it, and not according to the sex of the individual who wears it.
- Some German words are so long that they have a perspective. These things are not words, they are alphabetical processions. And they are not rare; one can open a German newspaper at any time and see them marching majestically across the page – and if he has any imagination he can see the banners and hear the music, too. They impart a martial thrill to the meekest subject. “Generalstaatsverordnetenversammlungen” seems to be “General-states-representatives-meetings,” as nearly as I can get at it – a mere rhythmical, gushy euphuism for “meetings of the legislature,” I judge.
- German names almost always do mean something, and this helps to deceive the student. I translated a passage one day, which said that “the infuriated tigress broke loose and utterly ate up the unfortunate fir forest” (Tannenwald). When I was girding up my loins to doubt this, I found out that Tannenwald in this instance was a man’s name.
- Personal pronouns are a fruitful nuisance in this language, and should have been left out. For instance, the same sound, sie, means you, and it means she, and it means her, and it means it, and it means they, and it means them. Think of the exasperation of never knowing which of these meanings the speaker is trying to convey. This explains why, whenever a person says sie to me, I generally try to kill him, if a stranger.
Happy 1 year Blogoversary to The Broke and the Bookish!! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new Top Ten list complete with one bloggers’ answers. This week’s topic:
3. Getting to know other bookish people: Ironically, I don’t have many “real-life” friends who love reading as much as I do. And most of those who do like reading, don’t read the type of books that I do! Blogging gave me the chance to interact with so many like-minded readers.
5. Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – Buffy Summers’s Watcher and the school librarian. He may not be her real Dad but he’s everything you’d want a father to be! He’s loving and caring and always there when Buffy needs him!!
Buffy: Your eyes. You’re the only person in the world that can look that annoyed with me.
Marlin: No, really.
Coral: There’s over 400 eggs, odds are, one of them is bound to like you.
Jesse: (the teacher looks at them confused) What? Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter had 7 fathers.
REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.
My thoughts: My first thought was that it would make a good movie, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The book screamed “trying hard to impress” though. The descriptions of the Nightside were as often and in as excruciating detail as of Edward in Twilight. And there were too many explanations for my taste! It was also slightly dramatic, a bit overdone at places. That being said, I did not entirely hate the book either. I found it pretty good, actually. It was entertaining. It was a quick, short read. It was gripping, the language was okay and the concept of the Nightside, though not entirely original, was nicely implemented. I do see myself reading the rest of Nightside series, though probably not in one go!
Because there’s exactly one month left for the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to release, I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s TTT to just that! Here are my Top Ten Harry Potter Awww Moments:
1.“Wangoballwime?” (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
“I am touched, Harry.” (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince)
I bet you’re saying ‘aww’ as we speak.
By the way, I absolutely hated it when Sirius, Dumbledore, Moody, Dobby and Fred died, so no “aww”s there!
What are your favourite Harry Potter moments?
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Grab your current read, open to a random page and share two teaser sentences from that page!
“The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive. Here he was, buried in the belly of that smothering month, wondering if he would ever find his way out through the cold coils that lay between here and Easter.”