Friday, November 18, 2005

I'm also like, "Ugh!"

A reporter wouldn’t, and probably couldn’t, make up the lines attributed to Reese Witherspoon which were quoted in a newspaper movie column recently. So I will assume it is what the actress said. Witherspoon plays June Carter Cash in the new movie WALK THE LINE. She was commenting in an interview about feeling inadequate as a country singer and not really wanting people from the world of Nashville to hear her musical performance.

Witherspoon said, “Like I saw Vince Gill the other day and he’s like, ‘I can’t wait to see the movie.’ And I’m like, ‘Ugh.’ Because I’m just scared, and Dolly Parton, she’s like, ‘I really want to.’”

The story went on, but you get the idea. Do you also get the idea that, like Reese, I, too, am like “Ugh”?

I know, I know, languages all change. Still, I’m like, you know, a curmudgeon, and so I’m like, what is wrong that talented actors are like, “I can’t speak well because I’m like, where is the script?”

One thing her brand of natural utterance does show, however, is that when she plays the part of a woman who speaks in coherent, mostly standard English, Witherspoon is a good actress, because that kind of articulate woman is not Reese.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now you're talking!

11/19/2005 2:28 PM  
Blogger Tennessee Bard said...

Hey man,

I received your comment. I guess with poetry, as with any kind of prose, you can be free to interpret anything you want. There are certain underlying things that, by now, you have figured out that were behind that piece (long story, almost like one speaking with his/her therapist). They kind of range from early childhood onward, feeling a need to compensate for my lack of athletic ability, my weight (I'm a big guy, but not obscenely obese. Yet, I've always had this obsession and paranoia about this, for example the fear of not appealing to women.). This poem was just a way to put into words my opinion on what I am, my insecurities, and whether or not I worry too much about things.

I read this entry about Reese Witherspoon. Oh well. She's just a good ol' Tennessean like myself: a gentle Southern soul. I make fun of "Valley Girl" talk all the time, but I often find myself saying things preceeded by "like," or "you know" to end phrases. That stuff just slips out of my mouth. However, and this is probably the case with most people, I write using better grammer than the diction with which I speak.

Catch you later, and thanks for visiting my blog! Read more of stuff any time!

11/19/2005 8:10 PM  
Blogger Edie said...

I'm a Southerner as well and tend to flutter around the point when the point isn't all that important. It never makes a good impression, but it is a comfortable rut in the company of friends and kin. I thought your post was very funny, though, and not at all offensive.

11/21/2005 4:53 PM  
Blogger Karen Kovaka said...

Your blog reminds me of Rex Harrison (as Henry Higgins, in My Fair Lady) singing 'Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?' I love English grammar, etc, so your book sounds really interesting!

11/22/2005 6:32 PM  
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