Friday, August 9, 2013

~The Art of Vulgar Words~

Francis Grose_ a soldier, scholar and "champion drinker", published the first recognized Dictionary of Slang in London in 1785.He presents in this pint size book a fascinating window on the lives of ordinary people at the end of the 18th Century. A book no aspiring "vulgarite" should leave home without!

Purchased a copy a couple months ago from an Independent Seller. I KID YOU NOT...there was a page bookmarked with a cigarette paper reminiscent of the 1969 "Woodstock Festival" days_
...Bookmarked to "whore"words & it's various definitions used at that time in 1785! I could NOT contain my laughter!

The 21st century_ the current century_began January 1, 2001, and will end on December 31, 2100. Sooooooooo........

In olden days, a glimpse of stocking_ Was looked on as something shocking.
But now, God knows, Anything goes. From "Anything Goes "musical ~ Cole Porter (1934)

REALLY? The glimpse of a stocking was looked upon as shocking. FLASHBACK...Demi Moore graces the cover of Vanity Fair_NUDE & Preggers...many have followed in her footsteps, most recently Jessica Simpson; Playboy (1953);Deep Throat (1972)_One of the first pornographic films to feature a plot, character development and relatively high production standards, Deep Throat earned mainstream attention and launched the "porno chic" trend despite the film being banned in some regions and the subject of obscenity trials_
New adaptation of the star of Deep Throat_ "Lovelace"(2013)movie..

AND_ there's Lady Gaga's new FRONTAL NUDE VIDEO, does anybody really care, what's up with celebs wanting to pose in the nude, I don't get it...You are either a female or a male_& we all know what that looks like NOW!WTH! 

MY POINT, you're asking?
Well, I just finished reading in about a day "Memories of My Melancholy Whores" (115 pgs.)_by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I don't get the "Negative Reviews" about the book & the movie. Many seem to think it promotes "ladies of the night" & young children to join the profession.

The Inside Story:
An unnamed protagonist, distinguished Journalist & lifelong bachelor on the eve of his 90th birthday_ decides to give himself "the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin". The virgin procured by an old madam is a sleeping beauty, the love blossoms into a transforming year in which he relives, in a rush of memories, his life-time of (paid-for) sexual adventures.

The protagonist experiences a revelation that brings him to the edge of dying_ not of old age, but, at long last, of uncorrupted love.

Many people are turned off just because of the name of the book! I found the name intriguing. The term "whore" is construed as something VULGAR, mostly today directed at females. Interestingly, "whore" has five meaning in "The Vulgar Tongue"_4 of which refer to men! Just sayin'...... 

Word History: The word vulgar now brings to mind off-color jokes and offensive epithets, but it once had more neutral meanings. Vulgar is an example of pejoration, the process by which a word develops negative meanings over time. The ancestor of vulgar, the Latin word vulgris (from vulgus, "the common people"), meant "of or belonging to the common people, everyday," as well as "belonging to or associated with the lower orders.

Interestingly, "Vulgar" words back then_(1785)_ are nothing compared to what they are now.i.e. Pell-Mell meant ( in mingled confusion or disorder are berserk_as in papers strewn pell–mell on the desk.) THAT IS NOT VULGAR !!!!

Along, those same lines_"vulgar"_my Beloved Anne Frank's

book has been challenged by a "Saintly Mother" who says the book is not fit to be read by her daughter because of_ 
A certain PASTA Recipe has been called-out! I heard about it on Martha Stewart Cooking School Show. Martha gave her sly grin & gave a little history behind the name_ "Whore's Pasta"! Seems it was a quick recipe in the Old Country (Italy)_to get the customer's "feed &  bed" to keep the business moving at a fast pace! Mmmm,I kinda like this recipe...have made it before BUT never,ever knew it was called this! 

All "VULGAR" stuff, really?

"Memories of My Melancholy Whores" is a brilliant gem by the Master Storyteller_ Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Some of his other works include_"One Hundred Years of Solitude"(1967);"Love in The Time of Cholera"(1985) and the list goes on. He received the 1982 "Noble Prize in Literature" for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting Latin American continent's life and conflicts.

This book was "NOT"just about a 90 year old man's desires to have a one night affair with a virgin. Funny thing is they never experienced that intimacy or did carefully!

It was more about a 90 year old man's awareness that he had become old. Quote:"The truth is that the first changes are so slow they pass almost unnoticed, and you go on seeing yourself as you always were, from the inside, but others observe you from the outside".

He goes on to talk about memory lapse, his pampered childhood, lost of his virginity at twelve by a "lady of the night" and how he had always paid for this service; how at twenty he started a Journal of all the ladies & other particulars and at 50 with 514 names discontinued his record keeping. These bed-inspired accounts served as the foundation of his misguided life,thus the title.....

Now_he is old, confronts the many issues of his pass life in decades_50s he became decisive & aware that everybody was younger_60s realized he no longer had time to waste_70s was a frightening decade,maybe the last,etc.;90s for the first time he finds true love,writes brilliant love letters,cry's easily and ponder the query as to why the Vet wants to put his cat down because he's old_ where did the "manual of life" say just because he's old he should be killed?

Knowing love for the first time_he realized that those Journals were filled with consolation prizes!

Known for popularizing a literary style labeled as magic realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations..... Marquez produced a Masterpiece with a "vulgar" title! BRILLIANT....I'll read it again!

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez











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