Monday, June 26, 2006

No. 405



Noun 1. blather - foolish gibberish
Verb 1. blather - to talk foolishly
My first reaction to the Web definition of blather I found was to wonder what would be considered "practical" gibberish as opposed to "foolish" gibberish. Though from a more positive point of view, I did discover that a person who blathers is known as a blatherskite. I'm going to file that tidbit for the right moment and spring it on someone riding the train during my commute (i.e. Begone blatherskite. Annoy me no longer).
What I didn't find as a synonym for blather or blatherskite was blogger. That suprised me. Because other than the few blogs I read on a regular basis, I still can't seem to find much more than random blather when I click on the "next blog" button. I wouldn't mind it if it was practical gibberish or at the very least, entertaining gibberish. For the most part, it is simply gibberish.

This continues to disappoint me about the blog world. You would think out of 14 million blogs floating around in the ether that there would be a few more good ones than I seem to have uncovered.

But I suppose good is a relative term. I seem to have lost my perspective when it comes to what's entertaining. Which brings me to last night's episode of Deadwood on HBO. The show has always seemed to be a stickler for realism. The sets are remarkably detailed and true to the timeframe Deadwood is set in. It is the dialogue that is starting to get to me. Because other than the words, "fuck," "fucker," and "cocksucker," the characters speak in such archaic terms that I'm beginning to wonder if they shouldn't start adding subtitles to the show.

For example, in one scene, Mrs. Elsworth (a rich mine owner in Deadwood) proposes to Mr. Hearst (of the Hearst's of San Francisco) that he purchase a minority share of her mining claim in exchange for 5 percent of his holdings and access rights through her property. He responds angrily that he is not a capon. Okay, I know that a capon is a castrated rooster (don't ask me how I know that), but how many other people watching that program knew that? I'm worried that Deadwood's rich use of profanity and obscure and archaic English will soon lose 99 percent of the American population. I don't think Deadwood can survive if I am the only one watching.

Things like this cause me great angst.

But I think I am blathering. Oh just call me a blatherskite and get over it.
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