10.06.2008

Yoda Fargo Marvelish


We all know by now that Sarah Palin has an unusual way of speaking. She doesn't invest much in speech, treating it with the casual air of a farm girl in cutoff Jordache jeans with a shaft of America's finest wheat hanging from her lips. With her, the average person's "uhhhs" and "mmms" give way to "also", which she uses as a conjunction tying disparate thoughts together. She speaks in clauses, not in sentences. Her vocabulary is straight from Stan Lee ('nuff sed) yet flavored with that muted Fargo twang. So many "gonnas" and "you betchas". You gives way to ya, them to 'em, and to an'...sometimes I wonder if her teleprompter font is Comic Sans. Who can forget her signature line, "I'll try to find ya some, an' I'll bring'em to ya".

Pure Shakespeare.

And is it me, or does Governor Palin often reverse her subjects and verbs? Maybe that's the way Alaskan's talk. But really, I think Palin has blended several language styles together. Most editorials have called it "folksy"...but I think of it as Yoda-Fargo-Marvelish.

In Yoda-Fargo-Marvelish, it's acceptable...nay, required...to drop the 'g' from '-ing' suffixes (often accompanied with a coquettish wink) - as in "Someone's been messin' with the nuclear launch codes again," or "Don't tell anyone I told ya, but someone's been gettin' mighty upset at bein' behind in the polls."

So I have to ask myself, does she spell her name Palin or Palin'?

4 comments:

The Young Linguist said...

Do we have to resort to linguistic ignorance to point out the ignorance of others?

melior said...

Ridiculous! Marie Jon' is way cuter.

The skepTick said...

The Young Linguist said...

Do we have to resort to linguistic ignorance to point out the ignorance of others?


No, but it can be a tool to drive the point home.

Cleanser said...

It's spelled Paling, pronounced Palin' :)