Thursday, December 22, 2005

Schott's Almanac

Now that I have Schott’s Almanac, I’ve been able to dip in and out of it quite a bit. Here are two items, one from the ‘Establishment & Faith’ section, the other from ‘Media & Celebrities’ that you may enjoy.

The Cut (Establishment & Faith)
To ‘cut’ is to affect not to know someone when passing or meeting them. An Edwardian dandy (or ‘knut’) would have recognised four different forms of cut:

The Cut Direct
To look an acquaintance straight in the face and pretend not to know him.

The Cut Indirect
To glance another way and pretend not to see an acquaintance.

The Cut Sublime
To admire some object or distant scene until the acquaintance has passed.

The Cut Infernal
To stop and attend to your shoes until the acquaintance has walked by.

There may not be too many Edwardian dandies about these days but all of you gay boys who have prolific sex lives on the gay scene, not something I know much about of course, must find this all a bit familiar.

Someone needs to update that list to apply to the modern gay scene. Any takers?

Accents (Media & Celebrities)
In 2005 ,the BBC carried out a survey to discover the British public’s attitude to regional accents. As part of the project the 5000 people questioned were asked to identify the celebrity voices they found most and least pleasant. The results were:

The Ten Most Pleasant Voices
Sean Connery (one of the sexiest men alive)
Trevor McDonald
Terry Wogan
Hugh Grant
Moira Stewart
The Queen
Billy Connolly
Ewan McGregor
Joanna Lumley (unwittingly dined with a child porn addict)
Pierce Brosnan

The Ten Least Pleasant Voices
Ian Paisley
Billy Connolly
Cilla Black
Paul O’ Grady – Lily Savage
Jasper Carrott
Janet Street-Porter
David Beckham
The Queen
Frank Skinner
Tony Blair

It seems that the British like 'posh' voices and Scottish and Irish accents. Personally, I can't understand how Billy Connolly landed up in the top 10 but I'm gratified that he also appeared in the bottom 10. One often hears that the Brummie accent is the 'worst' regional accent but Mike once told me that when Americans were polled to give their verdict on British regional accents, it came near or at the top. What do Americans know anyway? :-)


Blogger RickB said...

Cripes. The only one I can think come up with is "The Cut Maladroit" which involves trying to dive behind the nearest door, falling up/down steps or hiding behind the bar

4:39 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Well, I'm not gay and I'm not an Edwardian dandy...but I know those cuts well, I've "cut" some nasty characters in my time.

Which reminds me, there is a way here, of looking at someone, we call it 'cut eye', where you walk slightly past the person then eye him / her rudely, up and down.

10:48 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Oh, I love that .....must remember the 'cut eye' look!

11:51 pm  
Blogger Rob7534 said...

I suppose there can be "cut-neutralize" where one must ignore the guy you are on a date with, because you have just bumped into your Church Pastor at the ice cream shoppe, with his entire youth group out socializing!

Why can't they stay at the church like good religious folk!

But then again, I'm just a Brummie-loving American, so what do I know Eh!


Ps. It's the Scottish thick accent that is undecipherable to my ears.

8:37 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

rob: I think you know how to play the piano. Maybe not much else! :-)

11:19 am  
Blogger Lubin said...

How about the Cut Nasty where you're with a friend and pretend to ignore the person in question until they've walked past, then whisper something catty to the friend about the person being cutted (cut?), and then you both burst out into haggish laughter...

11:39 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

That appears to be a very nasty cut indeed! Such bitchiness!

1:41 pm  

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