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Eli-djah, music, pirates, fluff.

Many of you seem to have your minds where they should be tonight: on somber questions of war, freedom, patriotism, relationships, school.

Me, I just want to talk about pop culture. This is probably a sign that I've had enough studying for a while. (Though you wouldn't know it from what I post here, I do spend a fair amount of time every day absorbed in Linguistics tasks. And that doesn't count thinking up different ways to make FotR lines sound dirty.)

By the way, I wish to sincerely apologize to anyone who clicked all unknowingly on the last entry and was squicked into shell-shock. No one has complained as of yet, but it probably happened. Maybe this entry will clear the slash taste from your mouth.

Who am I kidding. No it won't.

Elijah was right again: this Doves album, "The Last Broadcast," is really really good. Glad I took a chance on it. Also I finally verified that he does pronounce the "j" in his name with an affricate sound--that is, "j" as in "jump," not "zh" as in "genre" (which is how I had been saying it). I had noticed his fellow actors constantly referring to Eli-djah instead of Eli-zha, and kept wondering why they were saying it wrong. Then I reasoned that since they're his friends, they probably weren't saying it wrong; he probably says it that way himself. (Steve: "I mean, he was right there to correct them.") And indeed, if you listen close on LordoftheRings.net ("Hello, this is Elijah Wood; welcome to Lord of the Rings dot net"), he does indeed say it that way. Isn't that nice? You know, if you guys were all linguistics geeks, I could just describe it this way: the "j" in his name is a voiced alveopalatal affricate, not a fricative. But instead, because very few people speak that language, I have to resort to this awkward "dj" vs "zh" spelling thing and hope you follow me.

Somehow, I hadn't seen any footage from the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie till tonight, on some entertainment news clip. Oh, my Lord, that was hysterical. I was snickering the whole time. Johnny Depp dripping with black hair extensions, daggers, and jewelry...swordfighting with Orlando Bloom in a puffy white shirt...accidentally nicking him on the wrist ("Are you okay?")...heehee. Whoever said "Most slashable movie ever" looks to be entirely right. The interview clip with Orlando had him saying, "I can't believe it; I've played an elf, a boxer, an outlaw, and now a pirate? I'm living every boy's dream." Rent-boy too, Orlando; don't forget you played a rent-boy. Which also is every boy's dream, I'm sure.

I just tried to make oatmeal scotchies. They look horrible - all flattened out and greasy. (Still taste pretty good, though.) But I figured out why. Guess what I forgot? The oats. Yeah. That would do it. Ahahaha...I'm such a dork.


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Feb. 27th, 2003 08:49 pm (UTC)
what sort of "stuff" do you study for linguistics? it's almost an interest of mine..but i took a french phonetics course once and it was a little intimidating.
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:10 am (UTC)
They have us do a little bit of everything: phonetics, syntax, semantics, morphology (roots, suffixes, etc.), social factors, historical changes, language families...

Phonetics usually is the most intimidating at first, probably because of the new symbols and technical terms, but it's kind of fun when you get used to it. Or else I'm just a geek, which is also quite likely. :)
Feb. 27th, 2003 09:20 pm (UTC)
There's a "Pirate of the Caribbean" movie? Really?? It's not a joke?
I've clearly spent too much time on TCM this week. Sorry Astaire/Rogers, you can't compete with Depp/Bloom.
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:12 am (UTC)
Re: *squints*
There is, there is. Depp/Bloom...ehehe...yes, poor Johnny probably had no idea that by taking this movie offer, he was plunging himself headlong into the world of Slash (which, I'm guessing, Orlando is destined to take with him wherever he goes).

Bloom is looking Most Hot with his long pirate hair, incidentally.
Re: *squints* - debellatrix - Feb. 28th, 2003 12:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 27th, 2003 09:41 pm (UTC)
Hey, I saw that "Pirates" bit. (While I was drooling over the men, I was floored by the ship. That is one goregeous ship) I can't wait until the movie. It looks so lush.
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:13 am (UTC)
The ship was indeed very cool. And I hope the movie isn't too cheezy, because while I normally steer clear of such Disney things, I do secretly (or not so secretly) want to watch this one.
Feb. 27th, 2003 11:09 pm (UTC)
What makes you more of a geek, lemon, the fact that you must have reloaded onering.net several times to get to the EW greeting (of course, there's probably a library of them somewhere and I'm just not enough of a geek to know about it), or the fact that you know about alveopalatal affricates (which sound like ancient Congolese giraffes to me!)?
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:17 am (UTC)
Heheheh...Congolese giraffes...

And yeah. It must have taken about twenty reloads. I think it hit every single other actor before it got to 'Lijah, some of them twice. (I giggled at Billy Boyd's Scottish accent even though, as a linguist, I should know better than to giggle at accents.) If there's a library of them, then I don't know about it. Would've been useful...
Feb. 27th, 2003 11:44 pm (UTC)
Just a moment while I hunt for my Kenyan & Knott Pronouncing Dictionary of Standard American English.

It's high time I brushed up my IPA.

Feb. 28th, 2003 09:19 am (UTC)
I think they should teach IPA in elementary school. It's rather handy. And all the dictionaries should use it, instead of making up their own codes. Only the Oxford employs it as their pronunciation key, I think.
Feb. 28th, 2003 12:53 am (UTC)
This was fun to read. :-)
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:19 am (UTC)
Thanks. :) I was in a giggly mood; glad it carried over.
Feb. 28th, 2003 04:21 am (UTC)
Men running around wearing tight leather trousers, shirts hanging half open exposing as much chest as possible and being surround by other men all day just screams to be slashed doesn’t it. I haven’t seen any of the Pirates of the Caribbean footage yet, just some pictures. There'll be three main types of people who go to see that film: Kids, people watching just to see Orlando, and the slashers who'll sit giggling all the way through it. And I'll be right there giggling with them *grins*

Damn I feel evil.

Heh, so the oatmeal scotchies were just 'meal scotchies in the end? Ah, mention of food makes my already empty stomache grumble *mental note - food is good*

Mmm Depp/Bloom.
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:23 am (UTC)
I might have considered watching it just for Orlando, or just for Johnny. (Johnny is one of my longtime favorites--for his looks and acting, anyway. In real life he seems to find it hard to string together a sentence.) But the combination of them both, in pirate gear, makes it almost too much to pass up.

Depp/Bloom...heehee...still makes me laugh. In an eeeevil way.
Feb. 28th, 2003 05:44 am (UTC)
Pirates of the Caribbean
I saw a trailer or something for that movie when I finally went to go see LOTR:TTT ... I didn't see Orlando Bloom in the trailer though. I must've missed that or they just didnt show him on it. I saw Johnny Depp, and Pirates of the Caribbean, and said "Isn't that a ride at Disney World???" Didn't have an interest in it ... until now. Might be worth it to see Orlando all pirate-y.

Guess I'm one of the ones that will be seeing it just for Orlando. Oh well. If it's horrendous, it can't be as bad as, say, the mere CONCEPT of "Dumb and Dumber-er". *shudders*
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:25 am (UTC)
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean
Yes, Disney apparently is so hard pressed for new stories that they're making movies out of their rides now. But Orlando does look rather fabulous in his pirate get-up, so maybe it's all worthwhile.

Amen on Dumb and Dumber-er. How did such a lame preview get tacked onto the splendidness that is The Two Towers?
Re: Pirates of the Caribbean - celticmommy - Feb. 28th, 2003 09:31 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 28th, 2003 05:52 am (UTC)

i saw the Pirates trailer today and almost passed out from excitement!!

i reckon it looks freaking AWESOME! of course its going to be cheesy and campy, but its a Disney movie about PIRATES...what else could it be?!

the words 'swashbuckling adventure' come to mind! i for one cannot wait to experience all the slashy goodness :)
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:28 am (UTC)
I'll be shocked if it isn't cheesy...but there's more than enough slashy goodness to go around, looks like.
Feb. 28th, 2003 07:21 am (UTC)
I could just describe it this way: the "j" in his name is a voiced alveopalatal affricate, not a fricative.

Sad thing is, I understood every word of that.
Feb. 28th, 2003 11:25 am (UTC)
Well, that's just proof that you're really cool.
Re: - deza - Feb. 28th, 2003 12:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 28th, 2003 07:56 am (UTC)
Yay linguisitics! I nearly shot myself over Sanskrit last year because of that crap.
Mmm. Pirates.
I am actually excited that Geoffrey Rush is in that movie too. I adore him. He's so amazing.
Feb. 28th, 2003 11:27 am (UTC)
Hehe...That Sanskrit writing system looks tough to master. I don't blame you.

Geoffrey Rush too? Wow. How'd they get all these good people? Maybe the movie won't suck too much. :D
Feb. 28th, 2003 08:46 am (UTC)
I've noticed on the cast commentary on the DVD that they (Ian, Dom, Billy) say Elidjah, but I thought perhaps it was just a difference between British and American accents. I'll have to adjust my pronunciation.

I love oatmeal scotchies. When I was a kid, my mom always used to make them as cookie bars and I got to pack one per day in my lunch. And just so you know - I'll be they turned out better without oats than they would without flour - which is something I did once.
Feb. 28th, 2003 11:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought maybe it was a British thing at first too. Then I noticed Sean Astin saying it, and he's American, so...had to start wondering. If I ever meet Elijah, I'll be sure to ask him first thing. (Yeah, right...I'd probably end up saying something completely lame and inappropriate.)
(no subject) - juliebean - Feb. 28th, 2003 12:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
dreams of meeting famous people - celticmommy - Feb. 28th, 2003 05:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: dreams of meeting famous people - mollyringle - Feb. 28th, 2003 10:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: dreams of meeting famous people - celticmommy - Mar. 1st, 2003 04:39 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: dreams of meeting famous people - mollyringle - Mar. 2nd, 2003 10:15 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 28th, 2003 07:12 pm (UTC)
ooooh! Pirates of the Carribean is sounding more and more interesting by the moment. Orlando looked really hot in his pirate costume from one pic that I saw. *drools*

Ha! I so want to see Orlando as a rent-boy! that would be just priceless.
Feb. 28th, 2003 10:41 pm (UTC)
Then go rent the movie Wilde - he's got a cameo as a nicely-dressed street gigolo in Victorian England. He's only onscreen for about twenty seconds, but it's memorable. :)

(I imagine one of the million Orlando Bloom websites has screencaptures from it...)
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